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rates for interpreting from Moldavian, Russian and French into English
Thread poster: TRussell
TRussell
Ireland
Local time: 17:00
German to English
Feb 19, 2008

Dear all,

A colleague has asked for advice on what hourly rate to charge to clients when interpreting for the courts/police/health service in Ireland from Moldavian, Russian and French into English.

I am not familiar with the going rates for these combinations and would be interested in your feedback.

I can tell you that payment from one agency I heard of is 25 eur per hour for the interpreter, so presumably the client is charged more than this.

Thanks and regards!


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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 18:00
English to German
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25 euros is ridiculous Feb 19, 2008

Hi Tara,
Not exactly an answer to your question, but anyway: ask your local plumber about his hourly charges. My guess is that the figure will be higher than EUR 25...

Best regards,
Ralf


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Alfredo Fernández Martínez  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 18:00
English to Spanish
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You are worth as much as you ask for Feb 19, 2008

Tara,

As Ralf quite rightly pointed out, people with, let's say, not-so-long, and not-so-easy training do charge much more.

Here in Spain, minimum rate is around 50 Euros and hour, particularly for rare language combinations, as those seem to be.

And Ireland IS NOT cheaper than Spain.

You are worth as much as you ask for

Plus... how can you make a living otherwise? We do not work a 40-hours-a-week shift, so, unmistakably, we must charge more per hour.

With all due respect...

If they want to pay you peanuts, ask them to get monkeys!

I say!

Alfredo


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TRussell
Ireland
Local time: 17:00
German to English
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thanks, i agree Feb 20, 2008

Dear Ralf and Alfredo,

Thank you for your responses.
I also felt that the rate of EUR 25 was very poor.
I will pass on your feedback to my Moldovian colleague.

By the way, I had a plumber here recently and he charged EUR50 per hour


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