Freelance Interpreters Required

Last updated December 1, 2017Uncategorised

Self-Employed Telephone and Face to Face Interpreting Opportunities:

• Kurdish (all dialects)
• Turkish
• Arabic
• Farsi

• Albanian (Female interpreters)
• Amharic (Female interpreters)
• Swahili (Female interpreters)

• Vietnamese
• Korean

• Tigrinya
• Oromo
• Kinyarwanda
• Somali
• Anuak

• Dinka
• Moro

Refugee Action is a national charity which works to enable asylum seekers and refugees in the UK to rebuild their lives.

We are currently recruiting for interpreters so if you are fluent in one of the languages listed above and English and would like to play an important role in assisting the work that we do, this job could be for you.

For this role you will need good listening skills and a clear speaking voice. You will also need to be able to concentrate and think quickly. You do not need to hold a qualification in interpreting but will be invited for an oral language test to assess your suitability for the role.

You would be working on a self-employed basis. If you are not already registered self-employed you can do so by visiting the HMRC website or contacting their helpline on 0845 915 4515 but do not need to do so in advance of making an application.

The majority of our interpreting work is telephone based and would not require travel. However, some of our teams in certain areas of the country may request face-to-face interpretation for their work. Once registered, Refugee Action will contact you when we require an interpreter in your language to check on your availability at that time.

Refugee Action pays freelance interpreters £22 for one hour for face-to-face interpreting and £9 for 30 minutes of telephone interpreting.


• To interpret impartially and not to advise or direct the client on what they should do;
• To act as an accurate and sympathetic channel of communication between the advice worker and the client;
• To be available to interpret face to face or over the telephone;
• To carry out your interpreting duties in a way that agrees with the aims, values and policies of the charity, especially the interpreting policy and guidelines and the policies on confidentiality and equal opportunities.

Essential experience and abilities:

• An understanding of the role of an interpreter in an independent advice service
• Fluency in English and specialist language
• An awareness and understanding of the refugee situation in the UK and a commitment to the needs and hopes of refugees and asylum seekers
• An ability to interpret in an impartial manner
• An ability to work with clients in distress
• An understanding of and a commitment to equal opportunities and confidentiality
• Reliability and punctuality
• Effective communication and listening skills

Desirable experience and abilities:

• An ability to write your specialist language to a good standard
• Experience of interpreting in a similar setting (either paid or voluntary)
• A recognised interpreting qualification

If this sounds like something that you would be interested in, please complete and return the attached application form to: