We are looking for experienced, professional, accurate, conversational transcribers.

We are competitive in terms of our rates of pay and value our transcribers.

We are specialists in group discussions and interviews and we are always looking for fabulous transcribers to join our team.

Join the UK’s best transcription team!


Join us and work with the best in the industry...

Join us and work with the best in the industry…

When you join our team you will be working with a dedicated, loyal, amazing, group of people who share the work equally – good quality and horrendous quality!  (You will be well rewarded for anything other than good quality recordings!)

We work to your schedule – you don’t work to ours.  You tell us when you want to work and how many minutes you require, and we give you exactly that.  If you get ahead of yourself you are able to use our auto-claim facility whereby you can top your workload up at any time of day.  Having said this, once you have taken a project for a specific deadline, these deadlines have to be adhered to, absolutely no deadlines may be missed.

The subjects we cover are varied and opt-in – we work on some sensitive projects for social research and only opted-in individuals are given these files to transcribe.

Our transcriber turnaround delivery times are 6am, and vary in terms of turnaround from 24 hours to 4 days.  When you are given a recording you are given a timed deadline, so you know exactly what you have to deliver by what time – which gives you flexibility on when you choose to work.

We have rigid security protocols to follow so you will need up-to-date anti-virus software, a dedicated password protected computer, adhere to all of our information and data protection policies, have a CRB check, and have your ID confirmed.

We pay on the 1st of the month, or last Friday if the 1st falls over the weekend.

Once you have applied via the link below and completed the short 5 minute transcription test you will find out if you have passed Phase 1 of our application process.  If you are successful you will be working alongside Quality Control to get you used to our templates and get you out of any bad habits you may have gotten into with other agencies.  In Phase 2 of the process you will work on a number of live files, which you will be paid for, where we will be able to assess whether we are a good fit for each other and whereby Quality Control will be guiding you on a daily basis.

We are not like other transcription agencies.  We do not allow sub-standard transcripts or deadlines to be missed.  In return, you will be working with a loyal and dedicated team, you will not be just a number.  We invest in our transcribers in terms of on-going training and everyone has a chance to further their career by training as accredited proofreaders, taking typing speed courses and of course financially.  You will not have to wonder if you will have work on any given day – you will work the days you have requested..of course there will always be occasions when researchers get stuck on trains or have no Wi-Fi in their hotels and devices fail, but we do not take on ad-hoc transcribers for ad-hoc projects and we do not over-recruit.

If you think the above is of interest but reads too good to be true (we get this statement ALL the time), please see the testimonies below from our existing team:

If Carlsberg made transcribers these would be the best transcribers in the world!

Nikki Mulcahey, Senior Transcriber – Joined 2010

No, but seriously…

I joined McGowan Transcriptions seven years ago and haven’t looked back. I love what I do and who I work for because no two days are the same. I know that sounds like a cliché but it really is true. I have had such interesting, stimulating, empowering, informative and even humbling projects to transcribe that I always look forward to downloading my next file. Joe, David, Carol and QC are a pleasure to work for and with, and above all, their understanding, support and sense of humour have always got me through the toughest of days!! I urge you to take a test trial with McGowan Transcriptions. You won’t be disappointed!

They’re always friendly…and pay on time, every time.


Maya Souter, Senior Transcriber – joined 2016

I’ve worked for McGowan for almost exactly one year and although I started out working for a couple of other companies, I’ve dropped them both and work solely with McGowan now. They’re always friendly, quick to respond to queries, pay generously for the industry, usually have tonnes of work and pay on time, every time. I think it’s a fantastic thing to find a company like this where the work schedule both fits perfectly around your life and pays well. I used to be a school-run mum and McGowan fit round that brilliantly. Now, I’m a home educating mum and that works just as well, as I’m now working evenings and weekends. Hands down, this is far and away the best job I’ve ever had and I only wish I’d found them ten years ago. I’m writing this hoping that it will help them grow so that more people can share in the luck I’ve happily stumbled into. I’m also hoping my little testimony might go some way to helping McGowan attract even more transcribers so we can outgrow and outshine those other agencies that pay poorly and don’t treat you with respect!

Respect is what you get working for McGowan.

Maz Cleary, Senior Transcriber – joined 2015

Joe’s experience in the industry is second to none. This means that while she knows that high standards and accuracy in terms of quality in what we produce is essential for business, she also knows that providing great working terms for her transcription team is how that quality is maintained.

Working for McGowan Transcription gives flexibility, sure, but it also means meeting rigorous standards, hard work and sometimes putting in long hours. With that commitment to the company however, rates of pay are often better than elsewhere. Aside from the pay there is a great sense of being a part of something rather than being one person working on their own. I have not only felt supported through training and ongoing skill development, but also on a personal level and have made firm friends on the team, just as you might find with work colleagues in more traditional settings! And most importantly for me, unlike in many jobs and companies, Joe, Carol and QC while making sure standards don’t slide, never hesitate to say when you are doing a good job or making a strong contribution.

So good luck with your application! All to gain and nothing to lose!

…I can honestly say it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Jane Wheatley, Senior Transcriber – joined 2015

At the time of applying to McGowan, I was steadily working for another transcription company but often felt frustrated by the dips in workload and impersonal interaction. Having stumbled upon their job ad and completing a trial transcript, I was therefore thrilled to be offered the opportunity to join the team. One year on, I can honestly say it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Admittedly, I was skeptical and worried about leaving a steady job, but took a leap of faith and have never looked back. As promised, the workflow is constant and interesting, and Joe and her team have been continually considerate and supportive. Being home-based can sometimes be isolating, but working for McGowan you are most definitely made to feel part of a valued team. Put your trust in them and go for it. They are 100 per cent genuine in what they offer and a lovely team to work for 😊

At McGowan Transcriptions you always feel appreciated for your contribution.


Ever since joining the McGowan Transcriptions team, I have been continually amazed at how supportive, helpful and approachable everyone has been. From the very top – with Joe, Carol and our QC ensuring that the work we produce is of the highest standard – to my fellow skilled and friendly co-workers, I have always found them a valuable resource, always on hand if needed.

At McGowan Transcriptions you always feel appreciated for your contribution, which encourages you even more to go the extra mile to help out the team during busy times.

The flexibility that this way of working offers allows you to accommodate family commitments, health conditions and those unforeseen life events much more easily. So if you are a self-motivated person looking for varied and interesting work, and are disciplined enough to avoid the temptation of the fridge and daytime TV, I would recommend you join McGowan Transcriptions. You will feel valued as an individual and just as proud to be a part of this unique organisation as I do.

We’d love YOU to be part of our team!