Poll: How have your average rates evolved in the last 12 months?
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Timothy Barton
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Mine have risen... Jun 28, 2005

because I have a part-time job now. I haven't managed to secure anything with my new rates yet though. I've lost one job from a 4cts/word agency (they don't even understand the concept of a translator having rates). But only time will tell whether I've made the right decision.

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Parrot  Identity Verified
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You did Jun 28, 2005

Timothy Barton wrote:

because I have a part-time job now. I haven't managed to secure anything with my new rates yet though. I've lost one job from a 4cts/word agency (they don't even understand the concept of a translator having rates). But only time will tell whether I've made the right decision.


It's the two-way culling process. They cull you but you cull them as well.

I mean, 4 cents, 60 days to pay, killer deadlines, come on, people have done better than that.


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Anabel Martínez  Identity Verified
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Isn't it surprising that 11% of the voters stated their rates have fallen? Jun 29, 2005

I find it quite surprising. I mean, to me it sounds normal that rates don't rise in a one-year period, but to fall??

I believe it would be interesting if any of you who voted that your rates have fallen explained why... Or any of you have any idea why that may have happened?


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Timothy Barton
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Parrot wrote:
I mean, 4 cents, 60 days to pay, killer deadlines, come on, people have done better than that.


Looks like you've figured which agency it was then!


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Henry Dotterer
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Interested in hearing from those whose rates have declined Jun 29, 2005

I would also be interest in hearing from those whose rates have declined. Can you explain?

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Astrid Elke Witte  Identity Verified
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Deflation in Germany Jun 29, 2005

Actually, my rates have gone up, not down, but I read in the newspaper that we are supposed to be heading for a deflation in Germany, because people won't buy things, and everyone wants to pay less for everything all the time. I would assume that, in that situation, rates do sometimes go down (at least in certain areas of the country).

Astrid

[Edited at 2005-06-29 21:28]


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Kerstin Roland  Identity Verified
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My rates have held relatively steady, Jun 30, 2005

but actually they have not increased since 1998 when I started translating. So really no increase in 7 years.
I have a few clients who appreciate the work I do, and they are willing to pay more.
But overall I think the pressure is on because we're competing on a more global level, including countries where our rates might be considered very high, even though they are reasonable here.


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