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Google Rescinds Offers to Thousands of Contract Workers

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Google, facing an advertising slump caused by the coronavirus pandemic, has rescinded offers to several thousand people who had agreed to work at the company as temporary and contract workers.

"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," Google said in an email to contracting agencies last week. The company told the firms that it "will not be moving forward" to hire the workers the agencies had recruited to work at Google.

The move affected more than 2,000 people globally who had signed offers with the agencies to be a contract or temp worker.

Google employs more than 130,000 contractors and temp workers, a shadow work force that outnumbers its 123,000 full-time employees. Google's temps and contractors often receive less pay, fewer benefits, and do not have the same protections as full-time workers.

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