Representation in United Kingdom

2016 UK Translator Survey

In Autumn 2016 the European Commission Representation in the UK, the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL) and the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI) conducted a survey of UK translation professionals. Almost 600 people responded, covering the full spectrum of translation activity. The results of the survey create a picture of the UK's translation sector and offer a snapshot of sentiment across a wide range of issues, with an additional focus on the use of translation tools and technologies.

The survey grew out of work organised under the #TranslatingEurope initiative led by the Commission's Directorate-General for Translation.

A final report outlining the survey results was launched at Europe House on Thursday 11 May. A panel of senior practitioners led a lively debate on some of the survey findings, covering the role of professional associations, remuneration for translation work and the impact of technology on the future of human translators.

UKTRSThe report was presented by co-author Paul Kaye, language officer at the Representation (pictured, R), with responses and discussion from the following figures from the UK's translation scene (pictured, L-R):

Antonia Lloyd-Jones, Co-Chair, Translators Association
Dr Joanna Drugan, University of East Anglia
Karen Stokes, Chair of Council, CIOL
Sarah Griffin-Mason, Chair, ITI
Geraint Wyn Parry, Chief Executive, Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru

The full report, including an appendix with full verbatim responses to all questions in the survey, can be found here:








The survey organisers welcome any comments or suggestions on the survey and the report, in particular as to whether, how and when the survey should be repeated. Please e-mail these to

Findings from the report may be quoted freely, provided these are attributed to the 2016 UK Translator Survey organised by the European Commission, the CIOL and the ITI. On social media please use the hashtags #2016UKTranslatorSurvey and #TranslatingEurope.