I received a request from an agency for an interpreting assignment for which there is the need of staying in hotel the night before. The assignment will need two interpreters.
The clients pay for the accommodations, per diem for meals and a full day's rate for a 3-hour interpretation. I quoted the full day's rate for the 3-hour assignment because the location is more than 150 miles away.
The client changed their mind, instead of two interpreters, they want to hire only one interpreter to do the work of two interpreters, so the 3-hour work becomes 6 hours, and they will pay the interpreter the agreed upon one full day's rate, the reason being 6 hours are within the full day time frame?
I don't agree, because I weighed in all the elements when I made the quote, including the 3-hour work duration.
What are your thoughts on the situation.
It should not matter if there is 1 interpreter or 10. You charge your daily rate + all the travel expenses + per diem. I do not see a reason why you should charge less just because there are 2,3 or more interpreters. Years ago I interpreted in court in a very complex case that needed 6 interpreters. We charged our daily rates. Also, there are assignments when I have to work 20 minutes or 8 hours by myself. If the court (or client) booked me for the full day, I charge them for the full day. If I have to travel (fly) to the location, I charge 1/2 day for each trip.
[Edited at 2016-09-14 19:54 GMT]