The coronavirus pandemic has severely affected businesses in tourism and related sectors, including travel agencies and airlines, or companies that have collected their offers in a searchable form for users. Such is the case with China’s Skyscanner, which announced last week that it will be forced to lay off 20% of its global workforce as a result of the epidemic, meaning 300 workers will leave the 1,500-strong team in a short time.
Skyscanner gained Hungarian interest in 2014, when it was still led by Scottish owners, when the company acquired the development team Team Disctinction. which, incidentally, has been developing the company's mobile application since 2011 – then externally. Distinction was a spectacular success story, bringing together from scratch an internationally recognized team that has already piqued Google's interest, the team was among the first in the world to develop Chromecast and Android Wear, and a complex analysis of smartwatch UX the world.
In addition to Skyscanner, the company created mobile applications for customers such as Red Bull, Microsoft / Nokia, and Audi. The company’s special talent has also been noticed by the biggest tech giants, along with Google and Apple, for example, Amazon has also promoted its own Fire TV device with the Red Bull TV app by developing Disctinction.
Slightly less than 40 people worked in both Skyscanner's offices in Budapest and Sofia, and the company is trying to offer a new position in-house to some of the employees involved. For those who fail to find a new position at the company, Skyscanner provides them with outstanding job search benefits and support, although for a significant number of professionals working in the Budapest office, other local and international app development workshops are likely to strike soon.
Gellert is Technology Editor at Counting News Media and contributor at other major tech publications. Her interests includes testing new gadgets and reading.