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What is Transcription?

What is Transcription?

The audio “transcription” process and how it works.

Audio “transcription” is the process of listening to a voice recording and then typing/’transcribing’ what is heard. The result is a transcript.

Often asked what the difference between a typist and a transcriptionist is, we explain they have morphed into the same! This is in fact due to Google who treat them similarly! If you search for a ‘typist’ you may easily get companies providing ‘transcriptionists’ and vice versa.


A typist or transcriptionist’s true skill set is being able to produce typewritten documents with speed and accuracy. They are exceptionally fast on a computer keyboard with average speeds of 65-85 words per minute. As a comparison, the average person can type between 30 to 40 words per minute! This is just one of the many reasons why dictating audio and having it transcribed by an outsourced service is quickly becoming the standard in the industry.


With one simple move, you can save as much as 30% on your typing costs. The removal of employee liabilities, office overheads, tax, national insurance, holiday pay and HR requirements are an unseen, and often unrealised, expense. In addition, add flexibility to dictation by the use of an App enabling dictation to be done anywhere and at any time with no ties to upload to a PC.

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