Tech Writers in the UK

Subject: Tech Writers in the UK
From: Andrew Swartz <AFSwartz -at- AOL -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 15 Aug 1996 12:44:56 -0400

Does anyone have advice about looking for work as a technical author in the
UK?

For family reasons, I will be moving to The North in England (somewhere
in striking distance of Sheffield) and I have the usual questions about
looking for work in a place I don't know anything about:

1. Can anyone recommend reputable recruitment agencies or good employers?

2. What salaries can an experienced writer hope for?

3. Where are the better places to live and work? We are thinking of
Manchester, Leeds, and Nottingham.

4. Are there cultural differences I should be sensitive to as I look for
a job there? Is the computer industry there much like the computer
industry here?

About me:
- 10 years as a technical writer and instructional writer, including 8
years at Apple Computer
- extensive experience with online help and printed manuals
- other experience: designing classroom courses, designing usability tests
- platforms: Windows, Macintosh, UNIX, VAX/VMS
- audiences: naive users, developers, systems administrators

I appreciate any advice you might have.

Thank you,
--Andrew F. Swartz
West Hollywood, CA
afswartz -at- aol -dot- com

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