National firm Rowland closed its Perth office this week, apparently without much warning.
Manager Carla Shearman praised staff in an email sent to clients and colleagues, but didn’t elucidate on the reasons for the closure. It’s sudden, though, because they only just moved offices.
It highlights the tenuous nature of the profession, particularly in Perth.
I’ve been conducting a longitudinal study of PR jobs in Australia (past six months) which shows that there are more PR positions in New Zealand in Perth.
Meantime, Carla’s half a dozen staff have to find jobs.