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A runner acts as a general assistant, running errands between the set, office and location, looking after cast and crew. This position is traditionally the first rung on the ladder of a media career.

The Work

The work varies according to the department, which could be art and animation, production, editing or on location.

You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual salaries may vary, depending on:

The BECTU (Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union) website has recommended freelance rates of pay. For freelance runners this varies from £10.85 to £20.79 depending on the type of production you are working on.


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Getting In

What Does it Take?

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You should be:


Getting On

More Information

If you are aged 18 or over you may be interested in The Network. The Network is held each year alongside the TV Festival in Edinburgh. If selected you would attend for four free days of masterclasses and workshops which will provide you with the skills, knowledge and contacts to start a career in TV. You can usually apply from January to April.

BBC Scotland runs an apprenticeship scheme for people who are keen to get into a career in the media industry. As well as learning on the job at BBC Scotland at Pacific Quay in various departments, you will study towards a Level 3 Diploma in Creative and Digital Media at a Glasgow college. Ideally applicants will have National 5 English and Maths, good IT skills and a keen interest in media. You must be at least 18 at the start date of the apprenticeship. Entry is very competitive as places are limited. For any questions and updates by following @BBCGetin on Twitter. If you would like to find out more or check on application deadline dates visit BBC Scotland Apprenticeships.


Courtesy of ScreenSkills


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

BBC Recruitment
Twitter: @BBCCareers

National Film and Television School
Tel: 01494 671234
Twitter: @NFTSFilmTV

Tel: 020 7713 9800
Twitter: @UKScreenSkills

ScreenSkills (formerly Creative Skillset) works with the UK’s screen-based creative media industries to develop skills and talent from classroom to boardroom.

STV Careers
Tel: 0141 300 3704
Twitter: @WeAreSTV

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