Real Examples of ALS/Capita Payments to Linguists
From the ALS/Capita Linguist Lounge, dated 20th February 2012:
"PLEASE NOTE: ALS would also like to use this opportunity to reiterate that interpreters will be paid for any time spent waiting in court for their assignment case to be called. There has been some confusion that interpreters would only be paid for time spent in the court hearing, but this is not the case".
"We are also going to double the mileage allowance from 20p per mile to 40p, permanently, which again will have a very positive impact on those shorter bookings".
An RPSI worked for ALS/Capita. The payments below have been disputed by the interpreter as he WAS PROMISED HIGHER RATES when he accepted the bookings. Now, after unsuccessful phone calls and emails challenging the payments, the interpreter decided to quit. Here are some REAL examples of assignments the interpreter has completed:
Assignment 1 (4 hours travel time, 150 miles total distance travelled):
ALS payment of £45.60 minus estimated expenditure on petrol and parking of £22.00 results in the net payment of £23.60 or hourly rate of £4.72
Assignment 2 (6 hours travel time, 260 miles total distance travelled):
ALS payment of £25.00 minus estimated expenditure of £38.00 results in the net payment of -£13.00
Assignment 3 (16 hours travel time, 864 miles total distance travelled):
ALS payment of £140 minus estimated expenditure of £140.00 results in the net payment of £38.33 or hourly rate of £0.87
1) The interpreter was promised higher rates IN WRITING;
2) As an RPSI, interpreter was placed in Tier 1; however ALL Court jobs are paid £20/h regardless of whether it's a motoring offence or a murder;
3) The Usher/Legal Adviser signs the Job Sheet indicating only the hours spent in Court for the hearing itself; therefore, waiting time or conferences with solicitors/barristers are not paid;
4) There is an extra £5 (per job) if the interpreter arrives on time (!).