Trends and research

Find out about the latest trends and research in the sector


ITI conducts a twice-yearly Pulse survey among members when we gather information on what members are experiencing in the translation and interpreting market. 

Trends Trends

 Findings from the most recent Pulse surveys.

ITI's Trends e-books focus on current trends in translation and interpreting, and provide perspectives on evolving issues within the sector.

If you are not a member of ITI you will need to register to read ITI's Trends e-books. You can then request to receive future publications straight to your inbox.



ITI is involved with various research partners working towards producing research outcomes related to the translation and interpreting sector.

Research Research

ITI's aim is to produce evidence-based findings upon which to model future developments and promote the highest standards in the profession.

For further information on our research projects please contact the ITI Research Network

Freelance translator survey 2023

In February and March 2023 Inbox Translation, in collaboration with ITI, conducted a worldwide survey of freelance translators. The results enable you to compare yourself to colleagues when it comes to rates, CPD, and business practices.

Key findings include:

  • 65% of respondents work exclusively as freelance translators and 52% of respondents work full-time as freelance translators;
  • The main perceived benefit of being a freelance translator is freedom/flexibility;

  • The majority of translators have three or four areas of expertise, with law being the main one;
  • 83% of translators consider consistency as the main benefit of using a CAT tool;

  • Almost 2 out of 3 translators struggle with low rates of pay;

  • 76% of translators who are members of a professional translation body consider professional recognition as the main benefit;

  • Members of translation associations charge, on average 44% more than those who do not belong to a professional body.

Freelance translator rates: the value of ITI membership

Following the Freelance translator survey (above), ITI commissioned an analysis of ITI members' responses in particular. The first of these reports examines freelance translator rates for ITI members compared to non-members. 

Key findings include:

  • ITI members charge between 13% and 25% per word more than non-members;
  • ITI members’ minimum charges are between 20% and 42% higher than non-members;
  • ITI members charge between 13% and 20% more per hour than non-members;
  • 80% of respondents considered the main benefits of membership of their professional association to include 'professional recognition'.

Research e-books

ITI has published a number of Research e-books, focusing on research evidence and thinking around key issues affecting the sector.

Research Network event

At this online event in June 2020, fifteen leading speakers from universities who are ITI Corporate Education members presented short summaries of current research to ITI members and each other. The focus was on the potential pragmatic outcomes of their work in the translation and interpreting sector. 

ITI members can watch a recording of the webinar below.

Other research

ITI and the ITI Western Regional Group were pleased to be project partners in this report from researchers at the University of Bristol which examines perceptions of productivity and activity tracking in translation.

Because We’re Worth It Joseph Lambert and Callum Walker
Disentangling freelance translation, status, and rate-setting in the United Kingdom

The impact of translation activities in history and now Callum Walker and Binhua Wang
How do translation activities impact history and the present?

Research papers

Below are further research papers published by some of our Corporate Education members.