SIGN THE PETITION TO SAY NO TO UNPAID WORK.
I WILL NOT POST OR APPLY TO UNPAID WORK
CODE OF CONDUCT
Definition: Unpaid work
Unpaid work is any scenario where a business exploits an individual for commercial gain by not paying for labour or services that have been provided by that individual.
Unpaid work can have a damaging effect on the relationship between freelancers and their clients. It creates an environment where freelancers suspect their clients of trying to take advantage of them, rather than a positive working relationship. Unpaid work not only devalues the individual but impacts the creative industry resulting in a lack of diversity, a diluted talent pool and a poorer economy.
NAMES WHO'VE SIGNED
Nancy Hall Johnson
"Calligrapher and graphic artist who has had far too many people ask for free work. Or say they will pay for it and don't. So now I just do work for myself or family and recently my cousin-in-law asked for a logo and insisted he pay for it. Mind blown...but then again, he's an artist too."
"Unpaid work doesn't pay for my years of experience and it doesn't pay for the upkeep of my business, equipment or putting food on the table"
"I price my work fairly, I work hard and produce work I am proud of for my clients, I cannot live on air alone and ask my clients to pay what's fair."
"I need money to live"
"This is my livelihood and I refuse to provide a service which will be used for financial gain. It devalues myself and makes a mockery of the time I have given and the amount of money in training and equipment."
Martha Elena Saint Martin
"I thought that by doing it I would get more work and/or exhibition. But I have found it is pretty useless and a big waste of time."
"cannot afford it"
"Respect each other time which has value."
"I have been doing unpaid work long enough"
"Can no longer justify doing unpaid ‘trial tasks’ when pitching or applying for projects only for brands to disappear."
"Devalues what we do."
"Devalues work and bring the whole industry down"
"if the work is ok to be taken then its ok to be paid for....."
"Everyone works hard to be in the industry they're in, so why should their services be free?"
"Freelancers work hard and want to get paid for their work like any on else working in a company."
"I dont think anyone should have to work for free, and an artistic skill takes an extremely long time to hone to the point where the individual sees it to be at the quality where it is sellable"
"Its happened to me - i felt swindled and taken advantage of"
"Would love to be part of this community."
"Giving value to our job is a core principle"
"Being a good artist and asked to work for free is insulting"
"Every work man is entitled to his pay"
"It takes years to master a creative craft, it's a skill that deserves fair payment and recognition."
"It’s the right thing to do"
"I would never ask someone to work for free, so why should I work for free to get "exposure". Life has value, and so does your work."
"To stand up for myself and others in the industry"
"I value mine and my peers work. I would never seek to devalue myself or others, by working for free or expect others to work for free. Our skills and equipment cost money. Our time is valued. Our extensive learning and re-learning has a cost attached. To not reward that is to denigrate all."
"It's just not fair that someone comes to you asking you to do a job because they can't do it themselves and then think that you shouldn't be paid for doing the job that they can't do... It's a skill that we have, so people should pay for it all the time."
"Agreeing to work for free is completely unethical and not sustainable. Everyone should be valued and paid accordingly for their time, skills, knowledge and experience let alone the monetary cost of running a business, equipment costs, insurance etc. Asking people to work for free and agreeing to work for free will insure that creative industries become entirely elitist and open only to those wealthy enough to do so."
"Expecting someone to work for no fee is unethical and will kill the creative industries - it's the very definition of short-termism."
"Anyone who shoots for free with the expectation of exposure or introductions will only get to know people who want to meet photographers who work for free"
"Being exploited is no good to anybody and damaging to the industry"
"I consider it unethical"
"to stop working for free,"
"Freelancers pay all the costs of employment and together with their hard-earned skills and experience deserve to be paid a fair fee for their work"
"Free work is killing the industry as a lot of people are taking advantage and colleges are not teaching students NOT to work or supply work without copyright and for free. This does not happen in other commercial industries ... The Creative industry will kill itself."
"Unpaid work is a form of modern slavery"
"Unpaid work is ruining an industry already struggling in many areas."
Andreas von Einsiedel
"unpaid work sucks"
"It is immoral to expect people to work without remuneration"
"Free work is devaluing the creative arts"
"No one can work for free!"
"No work should be unpaid"
"My time and work has a value, so does yours. Don’t settle"
"Exposure does not pay for porridge"
"I place a value on my work and my industry"
"Unpaid work kills the industry"
"I am a freelance photographer"
"Once on Instagram a brand tried to get free product pictures in exchange of a chocolate box ?"
"I am in total agreement-no body should be asked to work for free- no matter what their profession-value people and their profession. Photographers United. FB page. Join the fight and our community of professionals."
"Fed up of people wanting me to work for free"
"I've been a professional advertising photographer for 25 odd years and in the last 5, watched the value of photography decline beyond belief. Be it immature clients whose knowledge is limited by how many social media followers you have or weekend warriors being bamboozled into 'getting some great exposure that'll be good for your career'."
"It's destroying our industry"
"Working unpaid devalues whatever work we do."
"I won’t work for free and no one should and yet companies are asking for ‘volunteers’ or intern photographers to do jobs that they should and can well afford to pay for. I see so many adverts asking for this. Never ever work for free or for ‘exposure or experience’ it’s BS"
"Working for free undermines all creators and creators’ rights as well as the value of what we do in the eyes of our clients."
"If I do a job in 30 minutes, it's because I spent 30 years learning how to do that in 30 minutes."
"People always take advantage of creatives, enough is enough. I can not fund my life based on "exposure"."
"I want my works to be valued"
"Having been a student, I understand that it is unfair and wrong."
"It's not just free, it has a cost to someone. Freelancers shouldn't have to carry that cost"
"Free work is no respect."
"I should be paid for my work"
Sarah Nicole Campbell
"Because I deserve to be paid"
"Modelled for 5 years, too much free work"
"Because I'm a pro blogger and am forever being asked to promote companies and fulfil a long list of deliverables for free :("
"I was asked to integrate two separate contract projects into the hours of one. 'cant you just fit it in', effectively removing the income from one of them so they got the second project for free."
"I'm currently in a position where a client agreed on a daily rate for a graphic design project, setting no budget and insisting they were just happy to pay for the work I complete. Once the work was completed they took 3 weeks to contact me about payment but then disputed the time it took me and are refusing to pay unless I agree to accept payment only for the time they believe the work is worth."
"Seek Freelance Work"
Jacob Edward Cushnie
"I have outstanding invoices near £1000 that are over 3 months delayed. There are no responses to my messages despite numerous efforts to get in touch with the client."
""There's no money involved but it will be great exposure for you".....the most toxic line of bullsh!t anyone will ever feed you. Exposure to what ? All those people willing to really fall at your feet to pay you ? yeah right."
"People exploiting creatives is not nice"
"Everyone deserves to be paid for their work"
"Exposure doesn't pay bills. Makeup Artists are often way down in the totem pole and expected to work for nothing. It's not a hobby. It's our job. All work should be paid."
"No funcsun maich"
"No to unpaid work."
"Too many time wasters expecting something for nothing. Exposure doesn't pay the mortgage!"
"If it's free, it's not valued!"
"demotivates students to want to enter the industry"
"because i am a free lancer"
"Because the fashion industry expects makeup artists to work for free. How are you supposed to build a career with no money to invest"
Amber Saffron Ingram
"I will NOT accept unpaid work or late payments! Clients don't understand how this can affect your business and i refuse to stand for it"
"Is my job"
"im a freelancer sick of late payments"
"I am a freelance actress and makeup artist and I am tired of not being paid."
"Degrading, unfair, and businesses benefit from the work but the freelancer does not. It'sa big lie to con freelancers into thinking they will get work from it. You like the work then pay for it!"
"Been used for free work in the past"
"I am freelance Language Service Provider (translator and interpreter) and have struggled to make ends meet, despite a high quality education and affiliation with reputable professional bodies."
"No to unpaid work"
"I'm a model and make a living by my occupation. Free shooting is taking advantage of models."
"I deserve to be fairly paid for my education, qualifications, experience and proven results."
"To get work"
"Isn't it obvious?"
"I am not going to do unpaid work anymore."
"I work across US, Canada and UK. Every time someone works for free, or at a massively reduced rate, they devalue both themselves and the industry."
"fed up of people asking for freebies, I have overheads, family and a mortgage. Exposure and social media does not pay for this"
Rainy City (Dan)
"We shouldn't devalue ourselves and our peers. You work hard - you deserve to reap the rewards. Don't ever be afraid to say no!"
"It's killing the creative industry"
"Work for a membership organisation that understands the impact of unpaid work on freelancers in the creative industries and the vital importance of paid work."
"Support freelancers and ensure fair value is paid for work done!"
"Fed up of doing work for people then having to fight to get paid"
"We fully support this cause the furtherment of an agenda of respect for freelancers and their work."
A Designer At Heart
"I have been a freelancer for 5 years and always refused unpaid work. I had to make big life choices to do that, for example moving to China (from Italy) after graduating because it was the only place where I could find a paid internship. I truly believe unpaid work shouldn't be allowed so I'm happy to sign."
"I get sick of seeing freelancer websites that let people place job postings for freelancers that end up being lower than the minimum wage, or want a service for free. This has to stop. It devalues the creativity of the talented designers out there and also gives a false representation of how much design is worth."
"It is unfair that companies take advantage of people, and exploit their eagerness to get ahead by suggesting freelancers do work for free."
"Requests by companies expecting to give photography services for free simply for exposure. Or expecting to give images to companies without them paying me a fee or even a hint at a website/social media credit - giving them free promotion of their business with zero compensation for mine."
"Professionals who have relevant experience and training in any field should be paid for work undertaken. No exceptions."
Curran Music Creation LTD
"I feel very strongly about this subject. Why is it accepted that freelancers or companies in creative industries should expected to work for free?"
"dont agree with unpaid work"
"Social Republic was created as a “new way”, an alternative to the traditional agencies. A network of freelancers that brings experience, flexibility and value to brand social media strategies and campaigns. An approach that enables the right people to be brought together on the right jobs, whilst providing and promoting creative and person-centred working for freelancers across the globe. Above all we believe in equality, respect and support for freelancers."
"If people are working, they should be paid for it. Simple!"
"No One Should Work For Free"
"Appreciate the movement"
"This happens way too often. I just experienced it again this week with an agency and client. I finished a project early because I was quick to edit(I was booked on a day rate with them) and yet, they only want to pay me half because I finished early. This is unacceptable. We don't get work fast for free, we work hard because we have the skills to deliver quickly."
Remedy Hair And Beauty
"Free don’t pay bills!"
"Leading an campaign #jointheRIOT "Why are creative freelancers still under-paid and under-valued? It's time for change. It's time to RIOT. This summer we shine a light on creatives' visions on how this industry SHOULD be - and we would love to hear from YOU. Send your photo to email@example.com or post your own photo with the hashtag §jointheRIOT to share your vision. Check us out on www.timetoriot.com"
"I've been burned too many times submitting proposals and not getting paid for my ideas contained in the proposals."
Kieran jay johnson director @IAM CASTINGS
"As I believe in paying people for their time, skill and support. I have worked for free myself over my journey becoming a casting director. During this time I was told this was essential if I wanted to get ahead!! Which I now see as free labour. I also see that this culture leaves a certain demographic out and reduces opportunities, as they are not able to work for free to better themselves."
"With 20 years experience and having worked for some top blue chip brands, I’ve still been approached to cary our free work, it’s not been recently however. It’s nothing short of exploitation, and creates a false economy for the industry in question. Especially when those that ask are sometimes doing very well indeed."
"We support hundreds of startups every year, including many freelancers, and far too many times we've seen them do free work on the promise of bigger work down the line. Business doesn't work that way. Do you know anyone who has taken their car to a garage to ask for a free service because they may want 4 new tyres and an exhaust in the future? Nope. #nofreework"
"I support students in gaining freelance work at the University of Westminster"
"The creative industry is like any other and free work should be allowed."
"We've been campaigning against exploitation in the creative sectors for decades and supporting staff and freelancers who experience this. Well done on launching this campaign; we hope it will identify a will amongst policy makers to strengthen the law and the resources available for enforcement in support of new entrants in particular."
"I believe all freelancers should be paid to ensure everyone has access to work opportunities. For a thriving creative economy it is important for diverse groups of people to have equal access to freelance work. At Creative Future we support under represented artists and writers, the #nofreework campaign reflects our vision of a more equal society and that's why we support this campaign."
"Too many Virtual Assistants undervalue themselves by either completing free work or offering their services for an unrealistically low rate. We want to sign up the to campaign in support of change to improve standards."
"I have undertaken many projects with the offer of 'Exposure' as payment, and not a single one of them has led to any further work or as claimed, worthwhile exposure. All it has done is taken time away from actively promoting my business and gaining paid work."
"Hard working people deserve respect and financial reward as well!"
Model Code Agency
"Sick of being asked to work for free"
"I believe everyone deserves fair pay for good work. As a freelancer I would never work for free on the promise of some future hope of work or other recompense. And as a business owner, I employ skilled freelancers and pay their quoted rates without haggling."
"The #NOFREEWORK campaign aligns perfectly with our beliefs that talent and hard work should be recognised and rewarded."
"I believe industry professionals should be paid for their work to survive and thrive in their chosen career. Constant offers to create unpaid work for portfolio purposes only devalues the work of the individual. When you're at the supermarket checkout, you never haggle the price on the bill! Why does this happen with freelancers?"
"We support Freelancer's rights to paid work."
Frame Perfect Management
"This is our job not a hobby and we should be paid for our skills, creativity , time and effort."
"We are a startup that benefits from using freelancers. We want them to be able to live and thrive providing their invaluable services to companies such as ours."
"We believe that all work has a value!"
"Everyone should have the same opportunity to follow their passion and prove their value. Therefore everyone should be paid a fair amount for work they do, with no exceptions."
"I want to support #NOFREEWORK and for freelancers to have the opportuinty to earn a living"
"Any one working, should get a fair payment for that."
"If we work for free we devalue the creative industry for everyone"
The Quick Brown Fox Video Production
"By posting or applying to unpaid work, people undermine seasoned professionals and possibly cause them to lose out on paid work."
"Because we are expected to provide expert quality services so should always be adequately compensated."
"We're fully behind the #NOFREEWORK campaign and support all the freelancers who work for us. Keep up the right work."
"I believe strongly in this campaign"
"We are an agency who sometimes have to do pitches to win work. We always pay our staff and freelancers though."
"Freelancer for many years. Freelance isn't free"
"All arts and artists deserve an income."
"Working in the DJ industry, there's a running joke about doing gigs for exposure, and this extends into other sectors. My work has value, and I won't do it for less than I feel it's worth, nor will I ask anyone else to do it for exposure either."
"I believe that all work should be paid, and on time. I hace clients who take a very long time to pay, months after the work is done."
"I have been a freelance writer and filmmaker for seven years. The amount of filming I have done for free would have bought me a house by now and it's very frustrating and caused financial problems, which I'm still unable to resolve. I set up my company two years ago and I'm still being contracted for a fraction of the cost. I also appreciate you starting this movement. Thank you ✌️"
"We need to stand for social justice"
"I've worked for free too often. I want to stop my kids doing it."
"I am tired of being asked to shoot for TFP. I believe that this work should be outlawed, totally, and that a professional qualification, and ongoing CPD should be required of ALL creatives, just as a gas fitter or electrician is required; and furrhermore, ALL creatives should be required to carry requisite public liability and other relevant insurancez by law. Until this happens, creativex will continue to be exploited."
"Because freelancers and small business owners are getting asked to work for free and it has to stop!"
"Unpaid positions, exploiting new entrants to the creative industries, undermine the value of those industries for everyone."
"No free work!!!"
"The whole sector loses when people offer to work for nothing, nothing usually come so if it and only the wealthy can afford to do unpaid internships - if no-one is getting paid that is different - otherwise it is a race to the bottom."
"To support the creative industries and my livelihood."
"To support #NoFreeWork as I am a graphic Designer beginning my own design business venture"
"Because things need to change!!!!!"
"We provide accountancy services for Freelancers and Contractors. As a result, we work with some really innovative, creative companies - no pay should mean no work."
"Working for free serves to undermine long term career progression and ultimately devalues a skill base. It undermines diversity of age and social class and restricts opportunities for talent to shine."
Novel Beings Ltd
"We believe that every freelancer needs to be paid for their expertise and services. While we are an intermediary business, we pledge not to put forward any unpaid jobs were everyone involved isn't getting out of it what is due to them."
"We all are freelancer who have 'volunteering' to work together to build a better future for the young people and as a group and a platform we commit to not exploiting individuals for commercial gain or misusing intellectual property of freelancers and we actively support #NOFREEWORK. Will add this as part of policy framework for our work we do and actively promote it to make it clear on where we all stand."
Tommy & Lottie
"Everyone is worth something."
"Everyone is worth something."
"The number of people working as freelance/self-employed is growing and that suits individuals in finding a work/life balance and employers seeking flexibility. If this is to benefit both for the development of a fluid labour market that is the becoming the bedrock of economic development and needs of society then unpaid work is not part of the deal. I support #NOFREEWORK."
"We believe, strive, and fight for this campaign. Creative work should never be free, and we will keep creating conscience around the globe. Thank you."
"We supports everyone earning a living, including Freelancers. Love this campaign and I heard about this campiagn via East London Radio!"
Seventa Image Academy
"We support the #NoFreeWork initiative to ensure that our industry not only survives but thrives in the Freelance Workspace."