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The Linguist 53,3

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80% of respondents work in the field of translation, 28% in education, 26% in interpreting and 17% in business, professions or government (many working in more than one field). With 73%, the Translating Division is by far the largest of the CIOL's four divisions (see figure 4, bottom right). A little more than half of survey participants work full time. More than two-thirds are based in the UK. The most commonly selected phrases used to describe the Institute were 'respected in the professional language sector', 'accessible', 'trustworthy' and 'authoritative'. Conversely, the least selected comments were 'untrustworthy', 'inaccessible' and 'boring'. However, food for thought emerges from the most commonly unsolicited comments, which were 'not member-led' and 'elitist'. 8 The Linguist JUNE/JULY MEMBERSHIP SURVEY In January, we launched an online survey to find out what CIOL members value most about their membership, and to gather their thoughts on the Institute – what they think we do well and what we could do better. The survey lasted a month, and by the closing date we had received 1,460 responses. The survey provided a wealth of data, which has been analysed and is being used to inform our plans for the future (for the full report see It kicked off with questions on age group, gender, level and length of membership, areas of work, location and membership of other professional organisations. The vast majority of respondents (87%) are aged 30-69, with more than half falling in the 40-59 age bracket. Two thirds are female. Most are full members (76%), the rest comprising Fellows, associates and student members – a breakdown which closely reflects CIOL membership as a whole. The Institute attracts a loyal membership, and nearly half of respondents (49%) have been members for more than 10 years. 4% 12% 25% 14% 18% 22% 44% 8% 61% 9% 47% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% No reply CIOL Advantage CPD workshops ŝƐĐŽƵŶƚƐŽŶĞdžĂŵŝŶĂƚŝŽŶƐ͙ Divisions and Societies Events Find-a-linguist Publications 'The Linguist' magazine Use of button logo Use of designatory letters 34% 49% 9% 46% 52% 42% 81% 44% 49% 24% 69% 32% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% Personal growth and development Opportunities for social activities Keeping in touch with what is going on in the world of languages Keeping in touch with other members N Figure 1: Most valued membership benefits No reply I think my CIOL membership provides this This is important to me Figure 2: Provision and importance of personal membership benefits Having your say CIOL Communications Manager Deborah Butler outlines the key results of the 2014 Membership Survey © ISTOCKPHOTO Membership benefits It may come as no surprise to learn that the benefit viewed as the most valuable is The Linguist, closely followed by designatory letters and the Find-a-Linguist directory (see figure 1, below). At the other end of the scale, the least used or known benefit was

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