The current coronavirus pandemic will inevitably have a huge impact on all businesses, big or small. After GoPro, VSCO has also announced job cuts citing “overnight changes.” The company is forced to lay off 45 employees, which makes one-third of the staff.
If you’re a photographer in search of a job (or you’re just bored and what to try something new), here’s a tempting job offer. Australian millionaire Matthew Lepre is looking for someone to follow him around the world and take photos for his Instagram. You don’t even have to drag your gear around, your smartphone will do. And you can even bring a friend.
I don’t think there’s a photographer anywhere in the world who hasn’t been asked to work for a miserable sum, or even for free, ‘for the exposure’. According to recent research, there’s a reason why photographers and other artists are often exploited. The answer lies in your passion for photography. In other words: if you love your job, you are more likely to get lowballed.
Every job has its good and bad sides, and it carries a certain level of stress, challenge, and risk. But according to a recent report, “photographer” is on the list of 25 worst jobs in the U.S. due to low pay and lack of security.
After a seemingly good start in 2017, GoPro seems to be struggling again. As the sources close to the company claim, GoPro is laying off 200 to 300 employees this week. Reportedly, the layoffs are concentrated mainly on the company’s aerial division, which could have an impact on their drone production.
The Department of Homeland Security has recently listed an ad searching for a photographer. The position is open to the public, and they’re looking for a full-time employee. The salary ranges from $79,720 to $103,639 per year and includes government benefits.
On Wednesday, Eastman Kodak Co. announced that they are cutting 425 jobs due to a large financial loss in the third quarter of 2017. Compared to the same period last year, the company’s revenues were down 8 percent. So, they decided to lay off about 7 percent of their overall workforce, hoping this will help them generate cash in the fourth quarter of 2017.
It’s funny how the Internet rumour mill sometimes seems to work. Some random person makes an off-hand comment to somebody. That somebody then relays it on to somebody else. Then it gets sent to some online publication, perhaps with a slight embellishment or two to make it sound more interesting. Then, before you know it, half the world is reporting that Nikon are firing 10% of their domestic workforce in Japan.
In a completely out-of-character move, Nikon responded to the reports extremely quickly. Within a few short hours, Nikon released a statement. In it, they declare with an emphatic no, that they are not getting rid of 1,000 employees in Japan. Then, a couple of hours later, changed their minds again.