What does it mean to be paid by task and not hourly?
Being paid "by task" means receiving payment for each item (image, video, utterance, audio, etc.) submitted. Typically, projects that pay by task are short-term or one-off activities that involve annotating, transcribing, or collecting data. In Appen Connect, these projects are usually categorized as "Data Collection" projects.
Projects that pay by task usually involve quick activities where you submit or annotate videos, photos, text, or audio (the type of data is specified in the project guidelines). The exact payment amount per task and the definition of what constitutes a task can be found next to the Options button in Appen Connect when you search for your project. A task usually consists of a certain number of items (recordings, videos, texts, images, etc.). You can find the pay rate on our website (1) and our Appen Mobile app (2):
How do you determine fair pay per task?
For task-based projects, we use an hourly rate as the basis for calculating fair payment. The hourly rate we use is at or above the minimum wage in each country where we operate, in compliance with our Crowd Code of Ethics. To calculate pay per task, our team goes through the same steps as a Contributor, including registration, qualification, reading guidelines, and executing tasks. They also assess the estimated time required to successfully complete the project task.
Where can I find more information about how much I will be paid on projects?
Payment rate, frequency, and terms are project-specific and explained in detail under the "Quality and Payment FAQ" tab of each Data Collection project. We maintain high-quality standards and manually check all submitted data. The quality expectations for each project are outlined in the "Quality and Payment FAQ," which helps you avoid common mistakes.
If you have any uncertainties about the pay rate, task volume, or quality metrics of your project, please contact us HERE before proceeding to the task.