Google plans to hire more than 200 security guards, making them full- and part-time employees of the company, and therefore eligible for company benefits. Previously, Googleâ€™s guards were provided by an outside contractor called Security Industry Specialists.
The news was reported Friday in The Wall Street Journal and elsewhere. A company spokesperson confirmed the plans via email and sent me the following statement:
Building an in-house security team is something we are excited to do. A year ago we in-sourced the Google security operations center and we are looking forward to making these valued positions both full- and part-time Google employees.
Earlier this year, union protests at Googleâ€™s Mountain View headquarters and the downtown San Francisco Apple Store sought to draw attention to tech companiesâ€™ relationships with their guards, with a focus on low pay and lack of benefits.
However, neither Google nor SIS actually said that theyâ€™re responding to those protests. The security contractor told the Journal that the decision â€œwas made by SIS as part of its normal business operations and then conveyed to Google.â€ In addition, Google says that it will continue working with SIS during the transition period. Anthony Ha (@anthonyha)