The U.K.’s Outpost VFX has opted to introduce an overtime pay policy for staff, in a move that counts as generous in the country’s vfx industry.
PAYE staff in the U.K. will now receive one-and-a-half-times pay on all weekday hours beyond 40 hours, as well as all weekend work (“PAYE” denotes employees, as opposed to self-employed contractors). The policy will apply to artists from junior to lead level and production staff from assistants to managers.
The idea is that staff in the company’s Bournemouth headquarters will now enjoy the same terms as their colleagues in Outpost’s Montreal and L.A. studios. Law in Canada and the U.S. protects overtime pay, but in the U.K. it does not.