ELIS EARLY TRENDS: LSCs report difficulties recruiting freelance talent

With days to go before the deadline to participate in the annual European Language Industry Survey (ELIS) passes, an early trend is showing that LSCs are facing difficulties recruiting freelance talent.

The ELIS study, now in its tenth year, is expected to share the full findings during a free online event in March, but the latest early trend snippet reveals that 65 percent of LSCs are reporting that they are finding it hard to recruit freelance talent.

Commenting, ELIS researcher Rudy Tirry said: “I do not expect that this worrying trend will change during the last few days of the study – especially as, so far, we have heard from ten percent more LSCs than last year.

“We will need to sit down with our survey partners* – particularly the European Regional Centre of the International Federation of Translators (FIT Europe) and European Master’s in Translation (EMT) – to determine what is prompting this outcome when we come to present the analysis.”

Survey portal remains open until midnight CET on Monday, 31st January.

Pre-book for the free online results event

Everyone who completes the survey questionnaire, which for LSCs is available in 16 languages for the first time, will be able to pre-register for the free online event during which the results will be shared. It will include an expert panel drawn from the ELIS partners and will take place in March (date to be confirmed).

*ELIS was originally initiated by European Union of Associations of Translation Companies (EUATC) a decade ago and is now a joint initiative by international language industry associations and organizations. Apart from the EUATC, those participating are the European Language Industry Association (Elia), the European Master’s in Translation (EMT), the European Regional Centre of the International Federation of Translators (FIT Europe), the Globalization and Localization Association (GALA), the European Commission’s Language Industry Platform (LIND) and Women in Localization (WiL)