Transcription – what is it and how much does it cost?

What is a transcription?

Transcription is a process involving the first step of gene expression. It is where DNA, a nucleic acid has a particular segment copied into another nucleic acid called RNA. It is also in the DNA of University Transcriptions and TP Transcription Ltd, specialist academic research and business transcription services. It is something we’ve been doing for over 15 years and although we are not the first step in gene expression, our managing director does like to wear jeans to work from time to time! Transcription is also (of course) the accurate notation of a recording into manuscript, which is what we are all about.

How much does audio transcription cost per hour?

Audio transcription rates in the UK per hour vary from £48 per hour for dictation through to over £180 per hour for complex and accurate transcription of large groups of people. The cost per recording hour depends very much on the type of recording, with a one person recording being the cheapest and multiple speakers being the most expensive.

The price is also dependent on the turnaround sought. If you want a turnaround of a very short amount of time then the cost will be considerably higher than if you are prepared to wait for the transcription to be returned to you. This is especially important with highly technical academic transcription, where research interviews require a high level of accuracy and cannot be done quickly or rushed, simply because if they are the quality of the transcription would be substantially diminished. To obtain a quote for quality academic transcription please visit where full details of our prices are laid out, and you can get an instant quote. For business transcription which is usually simply dictation by one person at a reasonable speed, the turnaround will be much faster and the cost is cheaper. For details of our prices and an automated instant quote please click here.

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We are Cyber Essentials Plus audited annually and we hold the Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus certificates. We are UKAS ISO 27001:2022 audited and accredited and ISO 9001 & ISO 14001 systems accredited company. We are members of the American Translators Association and we are assessed for GDPR compliance annually by IASME (Cyber Assurance Level 1).

10% Profits to Charity

10% of our profits are donated to the Ten Percent Foundation, a charitable trust registered in the UK. Since 2000 over £150,000 has been donated to projects in Africa and the UK. Click here for details.