Transcription Jobs

Finding a Transcription Job
Frequently Asked Questions.

What do you pay for a Transcriptionist?

How much can I earn – is our most common question. So let’s work on that first. The average per-minute rate for transcribing is £0.91/minute of recording, with the highest rate at £1.69/minute and the lowest at £0.65/minute (actual figures from May. 2024). The reason one rate might be high and another low depends on how much the client was charged, which flows onto the rates to the contractor, with fast turnaround and more time-consuming projects getting higher rates and slower turnarounds and more straightforward projects getting lower rates. You will end up transcribing a range of rates and projects, so focus on the average rate as the best indication. We are commonly seen as paying the highest or near the highest rates in the UK. The bottom line is that we are not here to take advantage of anyone or short-change transcriptionists. This is a long-term business relationship we are forming. We pay well. We pay fairly. Our contractors are good at what they do. They are experienced and the rate we offer reflects this. Our typists earn above the average hourly rate for transcriptionists working in the United Kingdom. We are not here to underpay people or take advantage. This is not what Divas is about.

Is being a transcriptionist for me? Am I a good fit?

If you’d love to work from home with flexible hours, and would prefer a shorter commute, a transcription job on the Transcript Divas transcriptionist team could be for you. We have all sorts of Divas working for us. What they share is a good amount of experience – this is not their first rodeo. They have the ability to deliver on time. They like to get things right. They realise that over-delivering to a client secures on going business for everyone.

How do I get paid as a Transcriptionist?

Contractors email us an invoice detailing projects completed. We compare your invoice to our records, and with the goal of 14 days, the payment will be in your bank account (we pay into UK-based banks only I am afraid). We treat our contractors as business owners, not employees, so it might be a little bit more formal than you are used to (more on that below).

How do I get a Transcription Job?

Our acceptance standards for applicants are high to ensure that we deliver our 200% Guarantee to clients (see guarantee). We are looking for transcriptionists whose standards are high. If this sounds like you, we look forward to receiving an application form from you (the link to the form is below). Do note – this is a contracting opportunity where you will be offered an opportunity to work on a range of projects. We do not offer jobs with a boss in charge of payroll. We offer projects to work on. We treat transcription contractors as business people from whom we buy typing services. You are offering a service and we buy it from you. We do not treat transcriptionists as employees, part-time employees, zero contract no attachment contractors, or something in between. You are a business owner – and we are your client, not your boss. We come to you with transcription projects. You can accept or decline to do those projects – negotiate timelines and rates. We realise that not every transcription service treats its contractors like business owners. For some of our contractors, it is tough to shift from employee mode to business owner mode. Do take your time with this, especially if you are coming from an employee situation. Being a business owner is a lot more freedom – but quite different responsibilities. For example, if we are unhappy with the services you provide, we will stop buying services from you. We are not going to retrain you, so your transcript quality goes up or enter into long discussions about your motivation and job enjoyment, so you reply to emails we send you. We expect you to be an expert professional who understands that you are a business owner with clients, not an employee with a boss. For some people reading this, this is just a normal business relationship being formed; for others, it will seem new. If these ideas do seem ‘new’, please slow down and ask yourself if this is a good fit before filling in an application form.

When will I know if my transcription application has been successful?

Please note, we can only contact applicants we are looking at taking to the next stage of the process. Please do not call the office line or live chat. The Project Manger is only going to direct you back to this page. If you are approved by Human Resources, we will contact you for a phone interview. Good Luck!