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Pay at Picturehouse

Picturehouse Cinemas are proud to be one of the highest paying employers in the cinema industry. It enables us to attract and retain staff who are knowledgeable about film, skilled in many areas and able to offer high levels of service.


How much does Picturehouse pay its staff in London?

Front of house staff at London Picturehouses are paid £9.30 per hour, equivalent to £9.92 per hour when working an 8 hour shift as we choose to pay for breaks. This means staff working an 8 hour shift, are paid for 8 hours but only work 7.5. The equivalent rate for time worked is thus £9.92 per hour.

We also pay a membership bonus which adds an additional 10p to 25p extra per hour.

This brings the hourly rate significantly above the Government-legislated Living Wage and Minimum Wage (£7.50 for 25 and over, £7.05 for under 25s).

Staff at The Ritzy Picturehouse London are represented by BECTU and agreed a rate of £9.10 per hour (equivalent to £9.70 with a paid break) from 2 September 2016.


What about outside London?

For our cinemas outside of London, front of house pay is £8.36 per hour equivalent to £8.92 if working an 8 hour shift as breaks are paid. This means staff working an 8 hour shift, are paid for 8 hours but only work 7.5. We also pay a membership bonus which adds 10p to 25p extra per hour. This makes our wages, both in and outside of London, amongst the highest in the industry.


Does Picturehouse pay for sick, maternity and holiday pay?

Yes. Picturehouse front of house staff receive statutory sick pay, maternity / paternity pay and 28 days paid holiday.


Do Picturehouse staff have a recognised union?

Yes. Picturehouse Staff have an official union called The Forum as recognised by the Central Arbitration Committee. It is free to join, is voluntary to opt in and has collective bargaining rights on pay and benefits. It is made up entirely of Picturehouse Cinema staff and excludes head office management. Every year, pay rates are negotiated with The Forum and a pay rate for 2017-2018 was agreed with a majority vote. The Ritzy Picturehouse staff are represented by BECTU.


Picturehouse staff package

*Membership bonus adding between 10 and 25p to each hour worked (excludes Ritzy)

*Paid breaks. So staff working an 8 hour shift, are paid for 8 hours but only work 7.5

*Membership to The Forum - an official, recognised staff union with bargaining rights

*Statutory paternity, pension, sick and holiday pay

*Unlimited Cineworld and Picturehouse Cinema tickets (subject to availability)

*Two tickets per week for guests

*Free eye tests (for those using screens)

*Cycle to work scheme

*Free popcorn, soft drinks and hot drinks

*30% off all food and beverages

*Late night working allowance


20 September 2017