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Contractors with translation skills should look to the UK’s smaller businesses for opportunities

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A new survey by Global Lingo has suggested that contractors with translation skills could very well find increased job opportunities coming from smaller UK businesses looking to grow overseas.

The latest research from translation experts Global Lingo, has revealed that a high percentage (68%) of small and medium sized businesses that have tried expanding their firms abroad without professional language experts, have in fact failed to do so.

This perhaps suggests that there are job opportunities out there for contractors with these specific skills.

Of the SMEs (small and medium-sized businesses) surveyed who did not use a professional translator, 71% admitted that they would try and communicate with clients abroad themselves, regularly using a mixture of both English and the language of the client, while 37% said they used translation tools from the internet.

Just 18% of the SMEs surveyed were using a professional translator to communicate and therefore trade overseas.

Richard Michie, marketing and technology director at Global Lingo, commented on the findings, “It seems that many SMEs in the UK are guilty of attempting a ‘DIY’ approach when it comes to language overseas, but although many may have great language skills under their belt- avoiding professional help is never advisable.”

“The fact is that competition is tough, and if you don’t take the care to present yourself in as professional a light as possible, you may well be losing yourself important business and putting yourself in a vulnerable position.”

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