As being a rater you might notice that starting from March 2020 the volume of tasks in the project significantly decreased, and many raters might be wondering when the situation to be improved or back to normal.
Pandemic affects Google ads business
Lionbridge notified raters that the number of tasks might be low or unstable due to slow down of the ads business of Google due to pandemic. As you may know, tasks are generated from real ads. The vendor confirmed that this a temporary issue, and the customer expects the volume of tasks to be increased in the future. The good thing is that the number of blind tests was decreased due to this fact and there is a very small chance of being fired.
Part of the reason for low task availability the client is engaging in wage arbitrage and sending more work to lower-paying markets. Raters in Russia, India, Poland, Indonesia are still doing well but raters in North American and Europe are being sidelined.
Tasks are not distributed evenly throughout the year, based on 5 years observation I can confirm that the seasonal factor takes place as well, the low season is spring. The vendor informed raters that the customer usually revises and updates rating algorithms in spring and this process affects task volume in the system.
New task distribution algorithms
Another point that I wanted to clarify relates to the number of tasks that the raters receive, the number of tasks given is not the same for everyone during the month, and some raters can receive more tasks than others. This is due to the task’s distribution algorithms. Usually, in the following month, the unevenness is compensated by an increase in the number of tasks for those raters who received fewer tasks in the current month.
Tips for getting more tasks
Logon raterhub more frequently to check for tasks in particular between 9AM – 3 PM PST
Currently, working less than 20 hours per week will not affect your status in the system.