Wednesday 24 January 2018

Facebook to raise pay for support staff

Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Facebook plans to hike wages for contract workers who support its employees, including kitchen staff, janitors and security guards.

The new set of standards for US-based contractors who do a "substantial amount of work" with Facebook includes a minimum wage of $15 an hour and at least 15 paid days off for holidays, sick time and vacation.

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, made the announcement in a blog post.

Other measures includes a $4,000 "new child benefit" for new parents for those who don't receive paid parental leave.

Facebook had originally planned to reveal the changes last Monday, but the announcement was delayed following the sudden death of Sandberg's husband, David Goldberg, on May 1.

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"Taking these steps is the right thing to do for our business and our community," wrote Sandberg, who returned to work this week.

"Women, because they comprise about two-thirds of minimum wage workers nationally, are particularly affected by wage adjustments.

“Research also shows that providing adequate benefits contributes to a happier and ultimately more productive workforce."

Facebook would not disclose exactly how many workers will benefit from the changes, but the number is likely to be in the hundreds.

Sandberg said the new standards have been in place since the start of the month for some of its largest support teams at the company's headquarters.

Facebook is planning to implement it with a broader set of US vendors this year.

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