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Thread poster: David Singer
David Singer
Local time: 02:50
Swedish to English
Jan 10, 2008

In my language combination I am somewhat surprised by the number of low-paid jobs promoted on PROZ. Should I be in a position to contract out work I would certainly be offering twice the rate for a decent translator. Your thoughts?

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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:50
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Past discussions Jan 10, 2008

Hi David,
For starters, may I suggest to search the forums for similar discussions...

Should I be in a position to contract out work I would certainly be offering twice the rate for a decent translator.

And outsourcers do - what you're not seeing are those jobs placed directly by contacting translators through their profile.

Best regards,

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Peter Linton  Identity Verified
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Swedish to English
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Market prices vary Jan 10, 2008

Is it so surprising? In any market place prices vary, and some are very low. Some of our ProZ colleagues get very exercised about this, complaining about "insults to the profession" and other such emotional reactions. Other people see low rates as part of the normal commercial cut and thrust, as buyers and sellers negotiate their way to mutual agreement on price.

Other freelance marketplaces (music, photography, journalism, art and similar genteel professions) show the same pattern -- a wide range of prices. Why should translation be any different?

The best reaction to low-priced jobs is to ignore them. Let market forces rule. Fortunately, Swedish to English rates are generally well above average, so you have chosen well.

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