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Government interpreters receive higher hourly wages

The rates for interpreters who work for the government are going up. The minimum rate is now just under 44 euros and Minister Yesilgöz wants to make it 55 euros.

The amounts have been a point of discussion for years and there was a lot of dissatisfaction among interpreters about the fact that the rates have not been indexed for a long time. In order to meet this requirement, the fixed rate has been adjusted to a minimum rate in 2020. The idea was that interpreters could negotiate about it.

Interpreters refuse to work for the government

In a letter to the House of Representatives, Yesilgöz acknowledges that it is impossible for organizations that hire interpreters directly, such as the Public Prosecution Service and the Immigration and Naturalization Service, to negotiate with individual interpreters.

As a result, interpreters who work for them still receive the old, fixed rate for the time being. A number of interpreters therefore refuse to work for the government and Yesilgöz writes that the executive services are affected by this.

Yesilgöz further acknowledges that “no solid position” can now be guaranteed for interpreters. It has therefore decided on a “one-off substantial increase” in the minimum rate. She speaks of “an essential gesture”.

According to her, this lays “a solid foundation for reliable and high-quality service”. It is not yet clear when the increase will take effect, but the minister is thinking of no later than 1 January next year.

Government interpreters receive higher hourly wages
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