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Hourly pay - Dream on

Posted: May 14th, 2021 - 1:16 pm In Reply to: PRODUCTION RATE - Ladyrose722

When pursuing transcription work that pays hourly, be very careful about asking the right questions and then getting bottom-line answers. In our field, it's usually about production, i.e., hands on the keyboard, foot on the pedal. However, hourly compensation can be dishonestly represented and grossly misunderstood, realized only after you've signed the paperwork, done the training, turned down other offers, etc., because you can't believe your good fortune in attaining the holy grail of hourly pay where your time, experience, and competence are finally recognized and validated. Then you come to realize, during your very first pay period, that what was described to you as "starting at $13/hr" is actually only production after all. The MTSO does not initially disclose that the "hour" is actually an audio hour. It's 60 minutes of dictation, which may take you 1-4 hours or (God forbid) even longer than that. If it takes you 3 hours to do 60 audio minutes, divide your "hourly" pay by the number of hours it took you to complete the job, so that you are aware of what your "hourly" pay really is. And when you contact and question them about their lack of disclosure and the disgusting violation of your legal rights, you are informed that "yes, 60 minutes is an hour, and you are being paid for that hour, so there is no discrepancy, and I don't understand why you are upset because you are being paid hourly as advertised."

So please be very careful, ask the right questions and get bottom line answers that satisfy you before you accept an offer.


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