Freelance fees for interpreting engagements for BSL/English interpreters

1 January 2017 – 31 March 2018

Please note: the figures below are provided as guidance only to the fees that NUBSLI members are likely to charge.

Freelance fees

BSL/English interpreters generally work in half or full day sessions. However, a call out fee may be charged if an assignment is local to the interpreter or short in duration.

Specialist work

Specialist work may incur a higher fee. This includes any assignment which requires additional training, specific expertise and/or a substantial amount of preparation. This may include work such as: mental health, legal, child protection, theatre/performance, television and conferences.

Interpreter provision

Due to the physical and mental demands of interpreting, two interpreters may be required depending on the duration and/or intensity of the work involved. Interpreters will discuss this with you at the time of booking. Larger teams may be called for in specialist settings, such as conferences and Crown Court.

Evening and weekend rates

Interpreting during evening hours, at weekends, or on public holidays will usually be charged at the higher rate of time and a half.

Recording

BSL/English Interpreters reserve the right to decline to be filmed or otherwise recorded whilst working (except when such recording is inherent within legal proceedings). Any consent to recordings intended for broadcast or publication is likely to incur an additional fee.

Cancellation charges

0 – 7 days prior to date of assignment: 100% of agreed fee

8 – 14 days prior to date of assignment: 50% of agreed fee

Travel and accommodation expenses

Travel expenses will be paid to cover travel to and from the assignment, and for any travel required as part of the booking. This will be charged at £0.45 per mile for travel by car, or at standard fare rate for public transport.

When an assignment requires an overnight stay, reasonable accommodation expenses will be paid.

Interpreters reserve the right to charge for travel time.

Terms of payment

Payment to be made in full within 30 days of receipt of invoice. After 30 days, charges will be applied as per Late Payment Legislation.

Trainee interpreters

Interpreting assignments of a legal nature or those with higher possible risk implications are not suitable for trainees to undertake. The types of domain this could include are: court, law, police, mental health, child protection, conferences and any work involving the signing of any legal documentation (not an exhaustive list).

Further to this, it is advisable to discuss the details and potential complexity of an assignment with individual trainee interpreters to ensure that they are sufficiently experienced to undertake the work.

Freelance fees guide for fully qualified interpreters (RSLI) and trainee interpreters (TSLI) or equivalent:

London RSLI/TSLI
Call out fee £100/£90
Half day £130/£120
Full day £260/£240
South East RSLI/TSLI
Call out fee £90/£80
Half day £130/£120
Full day £260/£230
South West RSLI/TSLI
Call out fee £90/£80
Half day £120/£100
Full day £240/£200
Midlands RSLI/TSLI
Call out fee £90/£80
Half day £120/£100
Full day £240/£200
Central & East Anglia RSLI/TSLI
Call out fee £90/£80
Half day £120/£110
Full day £240/£210
Wales RSLI/TSLI
Call out fee £90/£80
Half day £120/£100
Full day £240/£200
North West RSLI/TSLI
Call out fee £90/£75
Half day £110/£90
Full day £220/£180
Yorkshire & Humber RSLI/TSLI
Call out fee £90/£75
Half day £120/£90
Full day £240/£180
North East RSLI/TSLI
Call out fee £90/£75
Half day £100/£85
Full day £210/£175
Scotland RSLI/TSLI
Call out fee £75/£60
Half day £110/£90
Full day £220/£180
Northern Ireland RSLI/TSLI
Call out fee £70/£60
Half day £110/£90
Full day £250/£180

Freelance translators

If you would like information on freelance translation fees, please contact us.


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