A recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows that Google has cut a number of temporary employees but, even after reading the article top to bottom, it is impossible to tell just how many people were cut. The number is between a few hundred and ten thousand, hows that for murky?
Google acknowledged in late November that it planned to significantly reduce the number of its contractors and retain all of its full-time employees. But the company wouldn't specify how many of the temporary workers were being dumped, feeding rampant speculation among bloggers and even industry analysts. Published estimates of the cost-cutting's impact ranged from a few hundred to all 10,000 of Google's contractors.