Facebook has announced today that it’s increasing the hourly pay rate for thousands of its contract workers in North America. The base rate that the company pays its contractors is being increased from $15 per hour to $18. There will also be marginally higher rates than this in cities where the costs of living are higher, up to $22 per hour in some cities.

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The company says that these changes will fully go into effect by mid-2020 and that it’s also going to look into enacting similar raises on other contractor sites across the globe.

“Today we’re committing to pay everyone who does contract work at Facebook in the US a wage that’s more reflective of local costs of living,” Facebook said in a post on its blog, adding that “And for those who review content on our site to make sure it follows our community standards, we’re going even further. We’re going to provide them a higher base wage, additional benefits, and more supportive programs given the nature of their jobs.”

Contract workers in larger cities will be given a higher raise. The hourly rate has been increased to $20 in Seattle, and from $20 to $22 in the Bay Area, Washington, DC, and New York City.

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