Telephone Interpreting
Thread poster: Silvina Gospodinova

Silvina Gospodinova  Identity Verified
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Jun 23, 2009

Dear all,

I would like to know if you are a telephone interpreter do you get paid some rate per minute for the stand by period when you are awaiting for an incoming call?
I got an offer to work for a UK based agency and I wanted to negotiate a fare rate.

Thank you very much for your replies!


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Ines Burrell  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Usually no Jun 23, 2009

They normally pay only for minutes you spent on phone which is why I have given up on telephone interpreting. There are only a couple of agencies that have got all the government contracts and they have a very strict price - take it or leave it. And the price usually is not very good either (you would get better pay as a bus driver). I found it difficult to fit into my day as I really do not like any distractions while I am translating and 10 minutes here and 12 minutes there are really not worth it.

Ines


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Silvina Gospodinova  Identity Verified
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thanks Jun 23, 2009

Thank you for your reply Ines!

I know it is not a very good paid job but I can fit it in my day so I will try.
Pity they do not pay even some kind of a minimum for the stand by time.

I know that some agencies do get the government contracts. Do you know how could I find which ones? I know one in London but they offered me a price twice less than another one which contacted me few days ago. So as you said they do not like to pay much:)

Regards


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