In the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City and Washington, DC, contractors will soon receive $20 per hour. Content reviewers will get even more: "We'll pay at least $22 per hour to all employees of our vendor partners based in the Bay Area, New York City and Washington, D.C.; $20 per hour to those living in Seattle; and $18 per hour in all other metro areas in the USA", the company said in its blog post.
Facebook is raising the minimum wage for some of its USA contract workers, with those in the Bay Area seeing a higher increase because of this region's cost of living, the company announced Monday. The pay increase should go into effect by mid-next year, and Facebook said in a blog post that it's working to develop similar standards internationally. The company also noted that content reviewers - who mine the site for graphic posts like suicides and shootings - needed more support, higher wages and additional benefits "given the nature of their jobs". Facebook says that those working for "vendor partners" in the Bay Area, New York City, and D.C., will eventually earn $22 per hour. Seattle residents will get $20 per hour and those in all other metro areas in the USA will start at $18 per hour.
Facebook Inc. said it will give raises to most of its USA contract workers, a group of people who have critical roles but aren't paid or treated as full-time company employees. So in addition to the pay raise, the company is requiring its contractors to provide on-site counseling during all hours of operations, not just during certain periods of the day.More news: Charges Against Conor McGregor Have Been Dropped From Incident In Miami Beach
In Seattle, workers will see minimum wages boosted to $18 an hour.
Facebook spokesman Anthony Harrison said Monday that the company has "tens of thousands of contingent workers", and that the largest number of those workers is based in the United States. We made these changes after hearing feedback that reviewers want more control over how they see content that can be challenging. And Google employees are advocating to include temporary and contract workers in the company's recent decision to end its requirement for mandatory arbitration for employees. The company does not share the numbers of contract workers it has.
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It is, though, rolling out changes to its moderator program, both technological and policy-related.
Facebook also said that it will require vendors to provide on-site counselors at all times while the people are working. "They already have counseling support available through our partners, but as I traveled the world over visiting all our sites, I noticed there wasn't as much consistency", said Arun Chandra, vice president of scaled operations at Facebook.
The social network contracts with outside companies for an array of services, such as meals or transportation for employees. The contractors hadn't spoken previously about their organizing, but used Facebook's internal communication system, Facebook Workplace, where thousands of employees have seen or commented on the messages.More news: Nigel Farage: 'I will never, ever use the word manifesto'