Conference interpreting :Also at MacDonald Rates.
Thread poster: Williamson

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United Kingdom
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Flemish to English
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Jun 2, 2010

For five days of conference interpreting, this UK-outsourcer, also a champion of posting "peanuts translation" offers,who obviously does not know what "consecutive interpreting (the kingpin of interpreting) entails, is willing to pay between £120-150 per day.

Of course, this experienced conference interpreter "just" has to interpret "consecutively" (the most diffult type of interpreting). I wonder if any serious conference interpreter will "prostitute" him/herself to work for such menial rates?
Experienced conference interpreters ask and get about £550-650 per day, which is what this
outsourcer will probably ask his client.

If one so-called, self-annointed, overnight interpreter is willing to accept their offer, calculate for yourself what their profit will be. This interpreter will work for peanuts, they will earn double.

I interpreted such a meeting of oil execs a couple of years ago and got £400/day and per diems. A "slight" difference with the £150/day and my outsourcer earned a profit on my work.

A lot has been written about low rates for translation, but is interpreting going the same way, then it is time to consider leaving the language industry and do something else?
AFAIK (and interpreters who take their profession seriously) conference interpreting is a prestigious profession and should be awarded accordingly.

For those interested:
Job type: Interpreting Job
Service required: Interpreting, Consecutive
Languages: English to French

Job description:
We require a native French experienced conference interpreter to work in xxxx for 5 days starting 20th of June 2010 (might be 19th-TBC). The interpreter will be required to do a consecutive interpreting and no equipment will be needed, from English to French, as the delegates are French. 10 delegates involved.

• Day 1: Arrival reception at the venue of the meeting.
• Day 2: Meeting with the most senior member of the delegation
• Day 3: General meeting of the delegation, involving marketing executives.
• Day 4: Tour of the prototype products for the delegates to inspect the company.
• Day 5: General interaction and speech by the chief executive of the company.

Time will be from 10 Am to 4 Pm with a lunch break at 1Pm.
With only ONE interpreter?

There are no special topic involved, the meetings involve the
presentation of new oil and gas drilling equipment, the interpreter is "just required" to do a consecutive interpreting of plain English to French, no technical terminology is required.

No specific terminology? What about the description of the equipment.

Native speakers of French only please.

Budget and payment details:
120.00 GBP to 150.00 GBP total
Further payment details: per day
Poster country: United Kingdom

[Edited at 2010-06-02 09:32 GMT]


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