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UK language services market 2016

Our second report marks annual growth of the language sector at 2.5% per year, with an outlook of 4.2% for 2016. This research focuses on company profitability, margins, and financial performance optimization.

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Table of contents:

  • 1. Market
    • 1.1. Market size – sales volume and number of providers
    • 1.2. Top-20 LSPs in the UK
    • 1.3. Companies seen as top contenders for the UK market
    • 1.4. UK market in comparison with other countries
  • 2. Growth
    • 2.1. Company growth rates (anonymized)
    • 2.2.Market growth rates and prediction
    • 2.3.Fastest growing LSPs from among medium-sized companies
  • 3. Main events of 2016
    • 3.1. 11 Public sector framework agreements
    • 3.2. Brexit
    • 3.3. 7 acquisitions
  • 4. Profitability
    • 4.1. Profit levels in 13 large companies (Companies House data)
    • 4.2. The most profitable UK language services business
    • 4.3. Average profitability in medium-sized companies
    • 4.4. Gross margins vs revenue
    • 4.5. Correlation between gross margins, size and EBIT
    • 4.6. Profitability dynamic in LSPs, reasons for increase/decrease
    • 4.7. How companies optimise for better profitability
    • 4.8. Examples of branches in low-cost zones
    • 4.9. Translation memory discounts optimization
    • 4.10. Leveraging MT (how post-editing affects pricing)
  • 5. Pricing
    • 5.1. Pricing for 40 language combinations
    • 5.2. Median price change year to year
    • 5.3. Quality checks included into regular unit price
    • 5.4. Pricing models
    • 5.5. Effect of regional on pricing, RFPs, minimum fee
    • 5.6. Sourcing costs (freelancer rates)
  • 6. Benchmarks
    • 6.1. Annual revenue per employee
    • 6.2. Standard adoption: trending data on ISO 17100, EN 15038
  • 7. Technology
    • 7.1. Translation business management systems
    • 7.2. Top most used CAT-tools
    • 7.3. Technology offered to customers
  • 8. Top business сhallenges
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