Freelance in 5* spa

scoobydev

New Member
#1
hi geeks

I am new to this site and wondered if you could help. I am an experienced therapist specialising in massage, and just wondered what the going rate was to charge to 4 and 5 * star hotels for part time weekend freelance work?

One spa has offered me £9 an hour which I feel is not a lot. I was thinking around the £20 - £25 an hour mark considering their massages are priced at £90 plus per hour. What does everyone think and is anyone currently freelancing at the moment? I would really appreciate any thoughts or advice xx
 

#2
£9 per hour is very good i would say
Unless your working for royalty i personally couldn't imagine anywhere paying £20/£25 per hour!!!!!
 

#3
Yes I agree, £9 an hour is quite good!
 

Fay

Member
#4
Although it dosent sound much £9 is pretty good! I was offered part time work in a very well known brand of spa but they would offer no more than minimum wage with no increase at any point!! Safe to say i didnt take it and am doing alot better free lance!!
HTH
xx
 

#5
As a freelance massage therapist (are you a massage therapist rather than a beauty therapist who does massage?), then I would say £20 - £25 per hour is the right rate. It's what I pay my therapists for corporate work (and believe me don't charge anything like £90 an hour - if only!)
 

#6
hi i get £30-£35 per hour, i only do manicures and pedicures in hotels, private homes, events etc. i work in and around london.
I would ask for a little more.
 

fozzyo

Well-Known Member
#7
The payment from luxury spa's doesn't correspond to the payment to the therapist unfortunately. However I would say that is a good figure to go with.

Good luck!!
 

#8
£9 per hour sounds reasonable. You would also need to consider tax and NI deductions if you were working self employed. :hug:
 

hippy-chick

Well-Known Member
#9
surely they will tell you how much they are willing to pay?

I got a very very good deal working in a top spa on a freelance basis and their treatments were £70+.

I used to go in as and when needed, sometimes just for one appointment.

If you were going to be working a shift then maybe £9 ph sounds better than minimum wage, but if you are getting paid per treatment then its not so good.
 

TheDuchess

Well-Known Member
#10
I employed an experienced Spa therapist last year who was on £9.47 per hour in her previous job in Bath This included 7 day a week working and late shifts up to 10pm.

If you are self employed you need to earn 1.2X the employee rate to allow for not getting holiday pay etc.

If you are getting casual shifts of several hours work on an as and when basis and getting holiday pay £9 is a bit low for weekend working but not dreadful.

If it's for individual treatments - no it's not the right rate. You have travelling tine and costs to cover each trip. You need to agree a minimum booking to make it worth while - say 21/2 hours to cover 2 hours bookable treatments plus setting up and clearing away. Or maybe a call out rate of £15 then £9 per hour.

Don't forget that you can temp through agencies. Hotels pay an agency fee and you'll earn more than £9.
 

Noodle

Moderator
Staff member
#11
I employed an experienced Spa therapist last year who was on £9.47 per hour in her previous job in Bath This included 7 day a week working and late shifts up to 10pm.

If you are self employed you need to earn 1.2X the employee rate to allow for not getting holiday pay etc.

If you are getting casual shifts of several hours work on an as and when basis and getting holiday pay £9 is a bit low for weekend working but not dreadful.

If it's for individual treatments - no it's not the right rate. You have travelling tine and costs to cover each trip. You need to agree a minimum booking to make it worth while - say 21/2 hours to cover 2 hours bookable treatments plus setting up and clearing away. Or maybe a call out rate of £15 then £9 per hour.

Don't forget that you can temp through agencies. Hotels pay an agency fee and you'll earn more than £9.
Just so you know @TheDuchess, this thread was created 10 years ago.
 

TheDuchess

Well-Known Member
#12
Hee hee I can't think why it was near the top of new posts in my feed...oops
 

Haircutz

Super Moderator
Staff member
#13
I’d hope that in intervening ten years, the OP is earning considerably more these days.
 
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