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Roughly speaking, which months of the year are the busiest and the least busy for (freelance) conference interpreters in the main European markets (Brussels, Paris, Rome, London, Vienna, Strasbourg, Geneva...)?

asked 03 Oct '15, 15:46

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edited 05 Oct '15, 05:13

...August is almost always the least busy month in Western Europe - unless of course it's an Olympic year; seeing as how you mention Brussels/Strasbourg, an election year for the EP will also imply a pretty slow month of May - with April and June also suffering. Sometimes the year only starts in late January/February, sometimes you're still storing the X-mas baubles away when it does. Experience further tells me that there are usually two weeks in the year, sometime in April/May and October/November, when everybody and their proverbial uncle decides to meet... and there's not much that can be done about it :-).

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answered 04 Oct '15, 08:10

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Manuel (msr) has fairly well covered the lulls, so let me take the opposite approach. I have found over the years that almost half of my total work for any given year will come between the 2nd week of September and Christmas. This is a consistently busy period in the international institutions (and that means that those interpreters on the private market has less competition and thus more work too).

June and early July tend to busy presumably as meetings try to make up for May's bank holidays and get stuff done before the summer break.

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answered 05 Oct '15, 05:03

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