In our latest podcast, we provide advice on writing a CV for Technical Author vacancies.
Our client develops software to control machinery remotely, and it is looking for a contract Technical Author to assist in updating the online Help and user guides for its software. The contract is for 3 months, possibly extending month-by-month. Rate £36/hour.
In this podcast, we look at the job of a Technical Author/Technical Communicator, and how you can start your career.
Here are some more findings from our recent survey of European technical communicators. These relate to non-UK salaries.
We didn’t get enough data to draw many conclusions, so we’ve provided the responses in the table below. We converted all of the salaries to Euro, to make it easier to compare.
Here are some more findings from our recent survey of European technical communicators. These relate to UK salaries. Most of the people who responded to our survey were based in the UK, so we are able to look at these in more detail than other countries.
We asked people to describe their seniority levels: Junior, Line staff/Standard, Senior/Team Lead, and Manager. These are often a key factor in the salary someone earns.
Excluding managers, the mean was £45,338.
Are the figures accurate?
The sample size was fairly small (n=61), so we do need to look at this information with some caution.
Data on the Technical Author salaries offered on the main IT jobs boards in the six months to August 2017 show a UK median annual salary of £50,000 (with a median of £47,000 for jobs offered outside of London). They also show a 25% increase in median salary offered (17.5% increase for jobs offered outside of London) since August 2016. That’s based on 167 job adverts – again a fairly small population. We also need to bear in mind the salaries in job vacancies can be higher than those for people who have been a job for a long time, and the number of Technical Author job adverts has decreased in the last 24 months.
We’ve just amended the job description for the contract vacancy #4175 Contract Technical Author, Swindon. This project involves working on Cloud-based applications, rather than enterprise software, which means the content will be written in Markdown rather than DITA.
Ideally, you will have experience in the following areas:
- Developing web-based online Help
- Working in an Agile environment
- Cloud-based solutions
- Video-based instruction (although is less important).
Apologies for any confusion caused.
A client of ours is looking for a contract Technical Author who can start in mid-February 2017. The client estimates there will be 6 months work, with the possibility of the contract being extended for 6 months afterwards.
— Lee LeFever (@leelefever) October 30, 2016
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