Google Rescinds Offers to Thousands of Contract Workers

Gene Naumovsky

Google's rescinded offers hurl thousands of workers into unemployment while full-time staff receive extra perks.

Due to a decrease in advertising revenue, Google rescinded more than 2,000 offers for temporary and contract employees, according to the New York Times. Those affected can be found all over the world, and signed on with various contracting agencies. In an email to the agencies, Google said, “We’re slowing our pace of hiring and investment, and are not bringing on as many new starters as we had planned at the beginning of the year.” Information on the subject was provided by three anonymous insiders. Google’s temporary and contractor staff consists of 130,000 employees. Google usually pays those workers far less than full-time staff and offers fewer benefits and protections. Full-time employees working from home recently received the perk of $1000 is spending on home office supplies. Now, many of the workers with rescinded offers face several struggles. First, some of those affected left full-time jobs for the opportunity. Second, many face uncertainty in terms of applying for/receiving unemployment benefits.

Data analyst for Google’s HCL America office, Ben Gwin said, “If these people were promised jobs at Alphabet, which is worth a trillion dollars, it seems like the company has a responsibility to take them on. It’s not like Google can’t afford it.” Last year Gwin captained a unionization effort for Google’s contract technical workers at its Pittsburgh offices.

Google spokeswoman, Alex Krasov addressed the controversy by saying, “As we’ve publicly indicated, we’re slowing our pace of hiring and investment, and as a result are not bringing on as many new people — full time and temporary — as we’d planned at the beginning of the year.”

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