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Copy Editor

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A copy editor works on pieces of text (copy) for publication, ensuring it is free from errors, reads well and meets the house style. They usually work on books but may also work on journal or magazine articles.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

Salaries for editors in publishing vary widely. The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Starting salaries are usually around £16,000 to £25,000 a year. With experience this can rise to around £34,000 to £40,000 a year.

Freelance copy editors can set their own rates; the current recommendation by the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) is a minimum of £24.30 an hour for proofreading and £28.30 an hour for copy editing (March 2018 rates).

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
2489
2.8 %
RISE
2023
2559
  United Kingdom
2018
48652
0.5 %
RISE
2023
48896

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

Training

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Creative and Cultural Skills
E-mail: info@ccskills.org.uk
Website: http://www.ccskills.org.uk/
Website (2): https://ccskills.org.uk/careers
Twitter: @CCskills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ccskills

Creative and Cultural Skills is the Sector Skills Council for advertising, crafts, cultural heritage, design, music, performing, literary and visual arts. Creative Choices is their career information website.

Periodical Publishers Association (PPA)
Tel: 020 7404 4166
E-mail: info@ppa.co.uk
Website: http://www.ppa.co.uk/
Twitter: @PPACareers

Publishers' Association
Tel: 020 7378 0504
E-mail: mail@publishers.org.uk
Website: http://www.publishers.org.uk/
Twitter: @PublishersAssoc

Society for Editors and Proofreaders
Tel: 020 8785 6155
E-mail: administrator@sfep.org.uk
Website: http://www.sfep.org.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EditProof

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