£200,000

That’s what AV­ER­AGE Google worker in Bri­tain took home in pay and bonuses last year

Daily Mail - - Brexit In Crisis - By Kather­ine Rush­ton Me­dia and Tech­nol­ogy Editor

GOOGLE work­ers are al­ready some of the most pam­pered in bri­tain, with free gourmet lunches, sleep pods and mas­sages in the of­fice.

Now fig­ures show they are also some of the rich­est.

Staff at the UK arm of the web gi­ant earned more than £200,000 on av­er­age last year after en­joy­ing huge bonuses thanks to the com­pany’s soar­ing share price.

Ac­cord­ing to its ac­counts, the firm paid its 3,658 staff in bri­tain an av­er­age salary of £106,000 in the 12 months to June 2018.

They also shared a bonus pot of £342mil­lion after a strong fi­nan­cial per­for­mance in 2018 – equiv­a­lent to £94,000 each, and tak­ing av­er­age earn­ings to £200,000.

Pen­sion costs and so­cial se­cu­rity costs pushed Google’s to­tal UK pay bill to £829mil­lion, up from £657mil­lion the year be­fore. That means it spent an av­er­age of £ 226,000 em­ploy­ing each mem­ber of staff.

The rev­e­la­tion is likely to stoke anger among Google’s crit­ics, who claim that the firm does not do enough to clean up prob­lem ma­te­rial on its plat­forms.

It has faced huge crit­i­cism for host­ing vast troves of vile con­tent on its youTube video web­site. ear­lier this year it was forced to crack down on the com­ments sec­tion after pae­dophiles used the plat­form to com­mu­ni­cate with each other.

The vast sums Google pays its work­ers may also anger those who be­lieve that the com­pany should pay more tax.

Ac­cord­ing to the fil­ings lodged at Com­pa­nies House, Google

‘In­vest­ing sig­nif­i­cantly’

paid £66.8mil­lion in cor­po­ra­tion tax in bri­tain last year. That was an in­crease from the £49.7mil­lion tax it paid the year be­fore.

How­ever, it still pales in comparison with the vast amounts of money that the firm rakes in. last year it made £23.3bil­lion in global prof­its.

The firm was ea­ger to de­fend its record last night. A spokesman said: ‘ As an in­ter­na­tional busi­ness, we pay the ma­jor­ity of our taxes in our home coun­try, as well as all the taxes due in the UK. We are in­vest­ing sig­nif­i­cantly in the UK, in­clud­ing start­ing work on new of­fices in King’s Cross for 7,000 staff.’

The fig­ures emerged as whistle­blow­ers claimed youTube bosses ig­nored con­cerns about dis­turb­ing clips flood­ing the site.

At least five se­nior staff mem­bers re­port­edly quit the Google­owned video- shar­ing plat­form after be­com­ing frus­trated with its fail­ure to tackle dam­ag­ing con­tent. ev­ery­thing from con­spir­acy the­o­ries to hate speech was left on­line in the hope of bring­ing in more view­ers, in­sid­ers claimed. The plat­form has been used to share footage fea­tur­ing child abuse, graphic vi­o­lence or ter­ror­ist pro­pa­ganda.

How­ever, se­nior man­age­ment were fix­ated only on grow­ing the busi­ness, an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by news web­site bloomberg has claimed.

youTube said that it had taken sig­nif­i­cant steps in the past two years to pre­vent the spread of ‘harm­ful mis­in­for­ma­tion’ and more quickly find and re­move ‘vi­ola­tive con­tent’.

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