What is it

The project-based nature of the media industry lends itself to freelancing. It is common for companies to procure the services of media freelancers to meet the needs of the specific projects. 

Tripartite Standard on Procurement of Services from Media Freelancers (TS Media Freelancers) is jointly developed by Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) with Tripartite Partners Ministry of Manpower (MOM), National Trade Union Congress (NTUC), Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) and supported by Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP).

The TS Media Freelancers is intended to encourage fair and progressive employment practices by companies and to provide better support for media freelancers.

By implementing these standards, companies will distinguish themselves as progressive hirers that freelancers look for.

The standard outlines the four areas* for companies:
  • Written Contract
  • Timely Payment
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Insurance
*You can find more information about the four areas below
Companies can adopt the TS Media Freelancers at any time.
By adopting the standard, companies signal their intention and commitment to treat media freelancers fairly when buying their services.
Find out which organisations that have adopted the Tripartite Standards

Who is it for

  • Companies
  • Media Freelancers

Benefits

  • It encourages fair and progressive employment practices by companies and to provide better support for media freelancers

For enquiries

For more information, you can refer to TAFEP FAQ or contact us at TS@tafep.sg        

The standard outlines the following four areas for companies:

1. Written Contract

A written contract between contracting parties are agreed upon and acknowledged before the commencement of the service. The written contract includes the following terms:
  1. Names of contracting parties
  2. Nature of services to be provided by the media freelancer/s
    1. Details of services that include deliverables, e.g. duration, location
  3. Payment
    1. Breakdown of fee
    2. Payment milestones with clearly specified payment schedule
    3. Amount of interest to be charged for late payment calculating from the agreed payment milestone, upon the company’s receipt of the invoice from the media freelancer/s
  4. Ways both parties can vary or terminate the contract terms
  5. Types of information to be kept confidential
  6. Disputes will be settled via negotiation and mediation first
  7. Where relevant, clear terms on ownership of intellectual property

2. Timely Payment

Media freelancers are paid in accordance with the agreed payment period upon payment milestones being met as stipulated in the written contract. If no payment milestone dates are provided in the contract, the media freelancers are paid, no later than 45 days upon the company’s receipt of the invoice from the media freelancers, upon completion of agreed deliverables.

3. Dispute Resolution

If any disputes arise in relation to the provision of service by the media freelancers, reasonable efforts are made to resolve the dispute via negotiation and mediation first. Any agreement reached during negotiation and mediation will be recorded in a written settlement agreement and acknowledged by the parties involved.

4. Insurance

Where media freelancers are required to offer their services on set and/or location specified by the company, they are covered by the company’s insurance. A suitable liability insurance will be purchased:
  1. Production Equipment Insurance that covers equipment operated by media freelancers either owned by the company and/or rented to the company
    1. Covers against all risks of direct physical loss, damage or destruction to equipment such as cameras, electrical communications, sound, lighting and grip equipment that are owned by or rented to the company
  2. Commercial General Liability
    1. Covers against claims for bodily injury (of other parties, e.g. passers-bys who are injured by production equipment during production that was operated by media freelancers) or for property damage, liability arising during the production
  3. Work-related Personal Accident insurance
    1. Covers against claims for death, total and permanent disability and medical expenses due to work-related accidents for media freelancers             

For Companies

Companies can adopt the TS Media Freelancers at any time HERE.
By adopting the standard, companies signal their intention and commitment to treat media freelancers fairly when buying their services.

Find out how TS Media Freelancers can help companies become more efficient and attract top freelancing talents here

For Media Freelancers

While freelance media professionals are not required to sign up to the TS Media Freelancers, we urge you to also show your commitment to these industry best practices by:

  • Signing a contract with clear terms of service before you start your service
  • Submitting your invoice upon meeting the agreed deliverable, in a timely manner
  • Negotiating and mediating first to resolve disputes
  • Getting adequate personal insurance coverage

Useful Resources:

Subsidised Mediation Service

In partnership with the Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC), IMDA will provide subsidies to media freelancers and Singapore-registered companies to allow them to resolve their disputes through mediation at SMC, on issues such as late or non-payment for services rendered. This initiative aims to encourage a better work relationship between media freelancers and their clients

Click here to find out more about Subsidised Mediation Service

Template for key term of engagement

Self-employed persons (SEPs) can use the KETs template for SEPs to request service-buyers to provide key terms of engagement.

Click here to find out more about the key terms of engagement template for self-employed persons

Insurance Support

A common concern amongst the freelancers is that their nature of work leaves them susceptible to physical injuries or illnesses, which could easily put them out of work and out of income for a while. Some insurance products have been derived to offer policyholders a daily cash premium to protect themselves financially.

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