Sound technicians frequently have to work long days and unsocial hours (the average working day is ten hours) including evenings, nights and weekends. They often need to adopt flexible working patterns in order to work on breaking stories, to tight deadlines or to ensure that the creative process is not interrupted.
Working in multiple locations is often required. These can include recording studios, film or television sets or on location.
Many sound technicians are freelancers and work on fixed-term contracts for broadcasting or production companies. Like other freelancers, sound technicians often face uncertainty around their employment.
The broadcasting industry offers a higher percentage of salaried posts. However, large employers, such as the BBC often take on freelancers to cover peak periods of work.
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