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Salary of a Native Speaker Proofreader in a company in Poland


colourlesslight
16 Mar 2016 #1
Hello, does anyone know the average salary of a proofreader in a company in Poland? It's an international company, and they didn't offer me a salary (rather I have to tell them).
mafketis 30 | 9,488
16 Mar 2016 #2
Ask for some samples of text that you would be proofreading.

Your fees should be based (among other things) on:

What type of text it is: (technical, legal - in these cases your qualifications matter). Is it aimed at other professionals or the general public? Again, in more specialized kinds of text there will be jargon that you might not recognize and you need to have some kind of feedback established at least at the beginning so you can distinguish weird (but established) jargon vs mistakes. Generally clients are unaware of these issues.

What shape it arrives to you in: Does it just need a minor correction here and there or is it a goat rodeo? Is it just language they want you to look at or also style requirements?

What shape do they want it to leave in? Do they want it to be in shape for native speaker readers or is general international crap english good enough?

I'm not that expensive, and my basic rate (for stuff that won't need much work and that's not too specialized or in a field I know a lot about) is 10 zl per page (1800 characters including spaces) after taxes. Difficulties of various kinds add to that. But most of my proofreading is for private and or academic clients and not for corporations.
colourlesslight - | 5
16 Mar 2016 #3
Thanks for the info.

Type of text: From what I can tell (from the obscure advertisement) the proofreading is of a translation of text for a project pertaining to the EU. Basically, a trained translator translates the text from one EU language to English, and I am supposed to proof read it for mistakes. Not much more information was given.

Education: I've got my degrees in Philosophy (BA and MA). One can argue that I am qualified to proofread academic texts :)

I would be paid off of a monthly salary (plus benefits) but I just want to make sure I'm not asking for too little.
delphiandomine 88 | 18,455
16 Mar 2016 #4
I would be paid off of a monthly salary (plus benefits) but I just want to make sure I'm not asking for too little.

I'd run a mile. These jobs don't go to people off the street, it's all word of mouth stuff, and any professional proofreader would bite someone's hand off for a full time contract.

Mafketis will know better, but I'm pretty sure that any full time jobs doing this will go to people already in the know.
mafketis 30 | 9,488
16 Mar 2016 #5
These jobs don't go to people off the street, it's all word of mouth stuff, and any professional proofreader would bite someone's hand off for a full time contract.

The fulltime contract part sounds weird. I wonder if this is EU funded. I took part in a EC funded project (big mistake) and it was a major bureaucratic nightmare trying to fit their rules into the Polish system.....

Mafketis will know better

Not necessarily. I really don't actively seek out translation or proofreading work, it just comes to me of its own accord (at highly irregular intervals).
Harry
16 Mar 2016 #6
they didn't offer me a salary (rather I have to tell them).

Tell them that the amount of the cash element will depend on the other benefits that they offer.
colourlesslight - | 5
17 Mar 2016 #7
Yes, they offered private insurance, free training courses (most likely a language course), annual bonus, lunch vouchers, gym membership. Pretty much the works.
delphiandomine 88 | 18,455
17 Mar 2016 #8
Something is up here. Why would they look abroad for such a person when there's countless English teachers in Poland that would kill for the chance to get such a deal and who are more likely to understand the thought processes of the translator?
The Saffer
17 Mar 2016 #9
Maybe they want some who is youthful and has a full head of hair?

Related: Wanted a proofreading in the Gdańsk / Gdynia area

Hi. Looking to do some proof reading in the Gdańsk / Gdynia area. I travel regularly to Poland with my job as a teacher of Biblical studies. How can I get myself more recognised?

You can start by registering as self employed.
porky pok 2 | 127
17 Mar 2016 #10
Or they are looking for workers with responsibility and no secret paid agenda on alternative lifestyles.
colourlesslight - | 5
18 Mar 2016 #11
delphiandomine -- They aren't looking abroad. I live in Poland, and I'm an English teacher.


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