Previous crypto bear markets triggered much bigger layoffs, with some firms like ConsenSys reportedly firing up to 60% of its workforce in 2018.
Gemini, a cryptocurrency trading platform founded by brothers Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, is the latest industry firm to lay off a significant part of its staff due to unfavorable market conditions.
Winklevoss’ crypto business Gemini Trust reportedly cut 10% of its employees amid the ongoing bear crypto market, the founders wrote in a notice to employees on June 2, as Bloomberg reported.
As part of its first major headcount cut, Gemini will refocus only on products that are “critical” to the firm’s mission, the brothers said, adding that “turbulent market conditions” are “likely to persist for some time.” The notice reportedly reads:
The new report comes after a number of major industry companies fired some employees or put new hires on hold. In mid-May, the Coinbase exchange officially announced that it would slow down hiring and reassess its headcount in order to ensure it continues operating as planned.
Previously, the major crypto-friendly trading platform Robinhood fired 9% of its workforce. The layoffs came amid Robinhood’s HOOD stock touching all-time lows as part of a longer-term bear market on crypto markets.
The latest crypto industry layoffs are by no means new to the industry as major crypto markets like Bitcoin (BTC) have been historically moving in cycles, with major bear markets preceding bigger gains. Amid a massive bear market of crypto in 2018, some industry firms like ConsenSys reportedly fired up to 60% of their workforce, announcing plans to hire 600 employees afterward.
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According to some sources, the current conditions of the crypto job market do not look too much gloomy though. According to the crypto hiring website by the Bitcoin influencer Anthony Pompliano, executives in the crypto and blockchain industry are still looking to hire people, with the PompCryptoJobs website listing about 600 open positions at the time of writing.
The major global crypto exchange Binance is looking to hire nearly 1,000 employees, according to its official job openings website.
Gemini did not immediately respond to Cointelegraph’s request for comment.