Google withdraws thousands of job offers to contractors and temporary workers

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Barely one month after Google CEO Sundar Pichai acknowledged to employees that hiring and investments would slow due to the coronavirus pandemic, Google has rescinded offers for more than 2,000 people who had agreed to work as contractors or temporary employees.

In an email seen by the The New York Times on Friday, Google told contracting agencies that it has been “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.” Google said it would “not be moving forward to onboard” the workers it had brought on through the agencies.

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A Google spokesperson did not provide details in the Times report, like the number of contractors whose offers were rescinded, but said in a statement:

“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. We’re continuing to hire in a number of strategic areas.”

Google’s reported decision to rescind offers from contractors and temp workers once again draws attention to a vast portion of the company’s workforce that does not enjoy the same benefits and protections of its full-time employees. Such workers, commonly known inside the company as TVCs (temporary, vendors and contractors) make up at least half of Google’s workforce.

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Google has more than 130,000 contractors and temp workers, outnumbering its staff of 123,000, according to The Times. As you might expect, the pay, benefits and perks aren’t as juicy for the non-full timers.

Some of those offered the work at Google left good full-time jobs once they received their offers from Google, according to The Times. And none were offered compensation by the company after being dumped.

Still, Google has made some concessions to contract workers during the Covid-19 crisis. Google moved to extend contracts for temporary staff whose work was about to end during the crisis by 60 days, CNBC reported in March.

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Read the full report from The New York Times.

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