A simple but blunt question on labor rates
What does day labor go for in your area, for stage hand, technical operator (audio, lighting or video) and actual engineer (as in you have your actual degree behind you) and weather union or non union. Do you work on a day rate straight hourly rate or minimum show fee plus hours after 4 hours?
I'm askng this as the discussion has come up once again. I'm so used to just running as solo man plus equipment on a flat rate for shows and Full DJ service with lbrary and equipment I have no real idea of a fair price for just labor only. If you dont feel comfortable posting in forums a OM would be appreciated.
Holiday pay is 1.5X regular pay for the first 8 hours between 8am and midnight. Premium pay does not "pyramid", i.e. overtime after 8 worked hours on a holiday remains at 1.5x, rather than becoming 2.25x... or at least that's what our Local has in its contracts with SMG (private contract managers of public facilities) and our City-managed PAC.
As an "entertainer" your fee is based on whatever your client thinks you're worth and they may or may not consider performing on a holiday to be justification for a higher fee.
Good luck and let us know what happens, and you might want to post this in the DJ forum as well, since it will have an affect on what they might do.