Google is involved in a scandal of hiring seasonal workers, paying poor wages

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Google admits to “failures” in paying wages properly and will conduct an internal investigation when contacted by The Guardian newspaper – Photo: AFP

According to internal Google emails and documents New York Times (NYT) Yes, the gap between the salary of seasonal workers and full-time employees has widened in recent years.

The incident was discovered by a group responsible for monitoring temporary Google employees in December last year.

However, according to the newspaper The Guardian of the UK, Google executives have known the problem since May 2019. The number of people who are underpaid for their efforts is in the thousands in about 30 countries, stretching from Europe to Asia.

This happens even in countries with pay parity laws, which require companies to pay seasonal workers the same salary as full-time employees for the same position.

More than half a year has passed, and Google has done little and very slowly to improve because of concerns that a sudden 20 or 30% increase in salaries for seasonal workers will attract press attention and other legal problems.

In June 2021, a complaint was filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. According to whistleblowers, Google could owe more than $100 million in wages after nine years of failing to comply with pay laws.

Follow NOW, the total number of temporary and contract employees at Google is more than 150,000. While Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has 144,000 full-time employees, according to people familiar with the figures.

Publicly, Google says seasonal workers make up only about 3% of the company’s non-permanent employees. The rest are outside workers working under contracts/projects (outsource).

According to Google, seasonal employees are hired when the employee is officially on leave or has unexpected business needs for no more than 2 years.

However, some Googlers said there were temporary workers who worked “year after year”.

In countries with pay parity laws, Google often implements hedging measures by rewarding seasonal workers. This rate is 15% of the salary received, which is the lowest bonus for full-time employees.

For countries that do not require equal pay, Google also ignores bonuses for seasonal workers.

The divisions that rely most on seasonal workers include recruiting, marketing, and Waymo, Google’s autonomous vehicle subsidiary.

Globally, Google spends about $800 million a year paying the “shadow workforce”, according to The Guardian.

NOW also cited an internal email in January 2020 showing that Google used an outdated salary scale, did not consider exchange rates and adjusted wages for 8 consecutive years in Europe and 3 years in Asia. This resulted in the salary for seasonal workers not being adjusted for all that time.

The use of temporary employees is quite common in technology firms. But Google’s division of “two classes of employees” and the large income disparity between the two groups have caused the company to be criticized for many years.

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TTO – Googlers who choose to work full-time from home will receive a pay cut of 10 to 25%, depending on the distance from their home to the office. Facebook and Twitter are also planning to take similar steps.

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