Hidden Cost of Translation to the UK Government, More Like £500 Million

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BBC report underestimates the cost of translation and interpreting services to the UK Government.

Translation will not go away and will only grow due to the increasing immigration numbers and further expansion of the EU. We have been speaking to government, both nationally and locally, to begin a scheme to share a translation memory across all our public sector customers and are just trying to get authorities to agree to it to save huge amounts of money.

BBC report under estimates the cost of translation and interpreting services to the UK Government.

A report featured today (12/12/2006) on the BBC 10 o'clock news and Newsnight, states that according to their estimates the total cost of translation and interpreting services to the UK Government, including local government and essential services, is around £100 Million each year.

Applied Language Solutions, a UK based translation agency, argue that the actual cost of more like £500 Million each year.

This is due to several factors, and could easily be reduced if only the government changed the way they handled and purchased translation and interpreting.

The main contributing factors are:

  •     Translation is a hidden cost. It is put into marketing budgets, legal budgets and others as a project cost and not split out as translation. The cost is likely to be 5 times the BBC's estimate.
  •     Costs could be reduced by up to 70% by pooling buying power and more importantly by using tools for translation memory. This technology remembers what has been translated so you don't pay full price each time you translate it, and of course much of what each authority get translated is the same.
  •     Using print on demand could also make huge saving on printing material that never gets used.

Gavin Wheeldon, Managing Director of Applied Language said "Translation will not go away and will only grow due to the increasing immigration numbers and further expansion of the EU. We have been speaking to government, both nationally and locally, to begin a scheme to share a translation memory across all our public sector customers and are just trying to get authorities to agree to it to save huge amounts of money."

"A huge amount of money could also be saved on Interpreting services, we have a new instant telephone interpreting service which can save a huge amount of money, an interpreter will charge a minimum of £175 for the half day where as we charge as little as £5. Plus our interpreters are available in minutes rather than hours"

Applied Language Solutions translate all kinds of documents from simple letters to large technical documents for specialist Medical, Legal, Financial and Marketing organisations, including whole websites and printed catalogues.

They use only professional in-country translators and interpreters. They have over 6,000 on their books. These translators work in over 140 languages including all the major European, Asian, African, Middle Eastern and American languages.

Applied Language Solutions now have six offices world wide: Huddersfield, California, Paris, Barcelona, Sofia and Guatemala City.

For a free quote visit http://www.appliedlanguage.com or call +44 (0)870 172 0000 in the UK or +1 (800) 579 5010 in the US to talk to a one of the team.

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