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Poll: Have you noticed a decrease in your incoming projects over the last 2-3 months?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Have you noticed a decrease in your incoming projects over the last 2-3 months?".

This poll was originally submitted by Vibeke Breivik

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Venkatesh Sundaram  Identity Verified
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Perhaps would depend on location, language pairs, specialisation.... Dec 5, 2008

Its heartening to note that at least 40 % of those who've voted so far do not see a decrease in the quantity of work coming their way, though the sample size (55 at the time of writing) is still quite small to draw meaningful conclusion. However, I would imagine that the downturn would affect colleagues more or less depending on their locations, specialisations and perhaps language pairs. If those writing in could provide some information about these, it may be useful in getting a better universal picture.
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Venkatesh


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Noni Gilbert
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Exactly Venkatesh Dec 5, 2008

For this poll to be useful for those who are suffering (and I think it could be), we need to know which areas (both geographic and with regard to subject matter and language pairs) are being most affected, and which not, to draw some conclusion and possibly look at some solutions.

I voted that I hadn't noticed any difference - possibly even marginally more work coming in. My pair is Spanish- British English for these purposes, physically working in Spain, but customers from Spain, UK and US/Lat Am. I charge in Euros and my main specialities have been tourism and automobile repair. Average project size pretty small, I might also mention, around 5000 words. HTH!

Actually, of course to be really useful, maybe a follow-up poll with far more subdivisions would be a more efficient way of processing the information.


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Cecilia Civetta  Identity Verified
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.... Dec 5, 2008

Venkatesh Sundaram wrote:

Its heartening to note that at least 40 % of those who've voted so far do not see a decrease in the quantity of work coming their way


True... but still, "yes, definitely" and "yes, slightly" make up 53% at the moment... which could be definitely / slightly? discouraging

[Edited at 2008-12-05 21:30 GMT]


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Nadja Balogh  Identity Verified
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I voted "definitely" Dec 5, 2008

I'm definitely noticing a sharp decline in Japanese-to-German projects coming from German clients, as if they were treating these types of projects as something extravagant that, for the moment at least, they might as well do without.

My Japanese clients, on the other hand, are still faithfully providing me with work, even though there is a certain amount of nervousness to be felt (I've asked some of my agency clients in Japan, and they've confirmed this).

As to my second language pair (English to German), things haven't changed much yet. I have suffered a decline there earlier this year because due to some recent EU legislation, the translation of patents (my main specialty) issued within the EU is no longer required if the patent is written either in English, French, or German.

After this rather nasty loss of income, I could now really do without nervous clients, and I hope that everybody will regain their spirit soon (alright, I know the situation cannot be blamed on low spirits alone, but I think the psychological factor of this crisis shouldn't be underestimated).


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Kathryn Litherland  Identity Verified
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not overall, but with certain clients Dec 5, 2008

I work mostly for agencies, and I've noticed that certain clients that I used to get projects from regularly only have dribs and drabs every now and then. On the other hand, I've gotten some new clients on board recently that always seem to have something! I'm not sure if it's because the agencies themselves are struggling, or because they've found someone else to work with, or what...

What I have noticed is an increase in potential jobs getting canceled, including one job that was confirmed to go ahead and got canceled half a day later. Fortunately, I'd not started on it, so no harm, no foul.


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Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
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I'd say 25% decrease in business Dec 5, 2008

since Jan 1st, 2008. I don't know if it is directly related to the worldwide crisis, but agencies seem to give me less work, especially UK-based ourtsourcers, where my invoicing in euros is not hugely appealing and costs them about 30% more than last year.
I am not moaning yet, but I really feel that I have more free time than the past years.
Philippe


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No Dec 5, 2008

None whatsoever.
In fact it's increasing, beyond my handling.


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Marlene Blanshay  Identity Verified
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with some clients Dec 5, 2008

I was REALLY busy this summer, but in the last couple of months, I've had periods of NO work at all. THis past week-nothing. OF course, two of my regulars are out of town, but one of them hasn't had as much for me lately. It could also be the time of year- it's december and people go on vacation.

Of course, trying to get new ones all the time. It's not a steady decline, it's very slight, but there have been more slack periods in the last two months...about 2 weeks (altogether) of nothing.


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Todd Field  Identity Verified
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Suggest a follow-up poll on regions Dec 5, 2008

I think this issue concerns and ultimately affects all of us in some way. For this reason, I suggest a follow-up poll along the lines of:

"If you have noticed a decrease in your incoming projects over the past 2-3 months, what region are you from?"

(Followed by a list of world regions)

Information by major language pair groups/specializations would be even more meaningful, although probably too difficult to poll.

Hope the site staff will consider following up on this interesting question...

Todd


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Sara Senft  Identity Verified
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I've had more work Dec 5, 2008

I've actually had more work lately. I'm mainly an interpreter; Maybe that has something to do with it.

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Anabel Granados  Identity Verified
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Sharp decline since November Dec 5, 2008

I work in the Spanish to English pair. I am a translator based in Oakland, California. I have experienced a sharp decline in work starting mid-November. I assumed it was because of the holiday season. I expect to get slammed with work in January, which is what happened to me last year. I welcome the small break in work. I am trying to discipline myself to take these breaks to revamp my resumes, profiles, and marketing tools. I am an optimistic person and believe that the translation industry will be just fine. Don’t let the bad vibes in!!!

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Tatiana Lammers  Identity Verified
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no work Dec 5, 2008

I worked for 2 days only in November and have no work ever since

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M Helena Ayala
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Exactly my case Dec 5, 2008

Kathryn Litherland wrote:

I work mostly for agencies, and I've noticed that certain clients that I used to get projects from regularly only have dribs and drabs every now and then. On the other hand, I've gotten some new clients on board recently that always seem to have something!


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Jenny Forbes  Identity Verified
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Same volume, different clients Dec 6, 2008

The volume of work I've been getting this year has been much the same as usual, but I've noticed that the British agencies who used to flood me with work are now sending much less. As I bill my UK clients in £ Sterling I don't think the £/€ exchange rate can have anything to do with it, but who knows?
However, the "slack" has been completely taken up by agencies in other parts of the EEC which I invoice in euros - nice for me with the present exchange rate!
Most of my work concerns finance, banking and commercial law, contracts and insurance.
Jenny


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