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British Sign Language Interpreter

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British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters help deaf and hearing people to communicate with each other in a wide variety of situations. 

Communication can be one-way, as in lectures or classes, or two-way, as in meetings or discussions.

The Work

You could be: 

You would work in a variety of situations, such as media, health and social work settings. You'd be interpreting at job interviews, courts of law, lectures or classes, training events, media events and conferences.

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual salaries may vary, depending on: 

Salaries and rates vary since many interpreters work freelance. 

Full time interpreters might earn around £20,000 and £32,000 a year or more. 

For freelancers, the National Union of British Sign Language Interpreters (NUBSLI) provides guidance figures. For Scotland, fees for a full day range from £200 for a trainee up to £245 for a fully registered interpreter.

Conditions

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland

  Scotland
2022
1785
0.3 %
RISE
2027
1790

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What Does it Take?

You need: 

Training

Getting On

More Information

BSL is a visual form of communication using hands, facial expression and body language, and is recognised as a language in its own right.  

Although there are other types of sign language, British Sign Language is the most common form used in Britain. It is not dependent on the English language, and has its own syntax and grammatical structure.

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Deaf Association (BDA)
Tel: 0141 248 5565
Website: http://www.bda.org.uk/
Twitter: @BDA_Deaf
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BritishDeafAssociation

Institute of British Sign Language (IBSL)
Tel: 01257 221326
E-mail: admin@ibsl.org.uk
Website: http://www.ibsl.org.uk/
Twitter: @iBSL12
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IBSL2011

National Registers of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People (NRCPD)
Tel: 0191 323 3376
E-mail: enquiries@nrcpd.org.uk
Website: http://www.nrcpd.org.uk
Twitter: @NRCPD

Scottish Register of Language Professionals with the Deaf Community (SRLPDC)
Tel: 07788 722 528
E-mail: mail@thescottishregister.co.uk
Website: https://thescottishregister.co.uk/

Signature
Tel: 0191 383 1155
Website: http://www.signature.org.uk
Twitter: @SignatureDeaf

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