Google’s Shadow Work Force: Temps Who Outnumber Full-Time Employees

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The use of contractors at tech companies is no surprise, particularly at startups looking to manage budgets and avoid some of the fully loaded costs of FTEs. I knew Google employed contractors with some regularity, but had no idea the extent to which that workforce kept the company moving. As of this March, "Google worked with roughly 121,000 temps and contractors around the world, compared with 102,000 full-time employees." The tech company has long used contractors, but some employees worry that a growing reliance on them represents a shifting, less admirable work culture.

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