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The world’s fastest growing language company

Linguist Zone

thebigword is a global language solutions company attracting the world’s best interpreters and translators.
We have offices in Europe, the US and Asia and employ more than 500 people. Our network of 8,000 linguists around the world provide expert translation and interpreting support to more than 2,500 customers.

Our linguists help companies, emergency services, governments, hospitals and some of the world’s biggest brands, including Mazda, Unilever and DHL. We are always on the look-out for top translators, reviewers and interpreters.

We welcome former interpreters and translators from Pearl Linguistics

You can gain many more interpreting jobs with thebigword. We provide over 300,000 UK interpreting jobs per year and over 1,000,000 minutes of telephony interpreting per month.

With excellent hourly rates and professional development support to increase the amount of work you can access.

To join thebigword please call 0113 2107265 or e-mail us to speak to our dedicated and trained team of Linguist recruiters who will be happy to take you through the necessary steps, simply and quickly.

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Since I started working with thebigword, my career has changed completely, for the better. I have learned new Interpreting and Translation skills and I’ve met incredible people who have encouraged me and provided generous guidance along the way. Yousif, Defence Division Linguist

Become an interpreter

When you join thebigword as an interpreter you will receive a stream of quality work as well as gain access to a wealth of resources and online tools that will help to improve your skills.

The work is varied and rewarding and, in addition to working with some of the world’s top brands, you will also get to work with clients ranging from local hospitals to major Government departments.

To work as a Public Service interpreter in the UK you will need a minimum of 100 hours interpreting experience and, a valid DBS (formally known as a CRB) certificate. Apply for a DBS

Our customers set high standards and thebigword only wants the best. As a result, every linguist has to meet the standards set by our Linguist Recruitment Department.

There are a number of advantages of joining thebigword team including:

Flexible working – choose the hours you work to suit your lifestyle

Variety – there is a vast choice of face-to-face and telephone interpreting assignments

Technology – a wealth of online tools to access your assignments and ease the process of completing jobs

Resources – a bank of online material to help you do your job

Training – expert guidance and support to enhance your skills and prepare you for the next assignment

If you are a talented and ambitious language expert, we want you to join us on thebigword journey.

Got some questions?

If you’re interested in interpreting work with the Ministry of Justice and want to learn more, please read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


The International School of Linguists is an exclusive training partner of thebigword. As one of our linguists you will have to adapt to a multitude of scenarios and disciplines and ISL provides the specialist training you need to prepare for assignments and improve your skills.

Most of the courses are online, so you have access to learning 24 hours a day and can take courses or tests at times to suit you.

ISL are now providing the Level 6 Diploma in Community Interpreting so you can boost your earnings and enhance your professional profile.

Our Linguist Recruitment Team

We are known for the high quality of our language solutions and have a dedicated linguist team to ensure you have the best possible experience while working in partnership with us.

Our Linguist Recruitment department is not only responsible for recruiting and testing, but will also be your contact at the heart of our global linguist community.

“The team works really hard to build relationships with the linguists and provides all of the support and communication you need to feel fully supported and a valued member of the thebigword team.” – Charlotte, Linguist Recruitment Operations Manager

thebigword Translation Management System

Created by thebigword in-house technology experts, thebigword Translation Management System (TMS) is a powerful computer assisted translation tool to help you manage your assignments. It provides you with free access to a wealth of features to ensure you can get on with what you do best.

Our translation technology has been developed to provide you with the ultimate flexibility. You can choose which CAT tool you would prefer to use for your thebigword assignments; if you don’t have one, we will train you to use our editor – HSTE!

“With thebigword CAT tools, I have everything I need in one place. I can easily access customer terminology and reference materials to produce high quality translations.” Gweltaz, thebigword Translator.”