Google has urged its workers return to the country where they are employed by the end of the year, according to a source familiar with the matter.
In Ireland, Google’s European headquarters, many technology employees who temporarily left the country during the worst of the pandemic “have been asked to return by year end, partly due to tax and legal reasons”, said Colin Grant, an analyst at Irish securities firm Davy, in a note on Tuesday.
Mr Grant estimated that as many as 30 per cent of Google’s 7,000-strong Irish workforce had left during the pandemic.
During the height of the Coronavirus, the company allowed some of its staff to move abroad for personal reasons, such as returning to their home country, where they continued working remotely.
The source who pleaded anonymity because the policy is private said that the policy is now coming to an end, but may be open to review in high-risk areas.
A Google spokeswoman declined to comment.
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Recall Google was one of the first major corporations to tell employees to work from home when coronavirus began spreading in March. It said in July that it would let employees do their jobs remotely for another year, pushing back plans to reopen offices. The company had previously said workers could stay home until the end of this year.
Alphabet’s chief financial officer, Ruth Porat, said earlier this month that, while employees working together in person was key to fostering innovation, the Covid-19 pandemic would inevitably change the nature of work.
Other major tech companies, including Facebook and Amazon, have also said corporate employees can stay home until at least the beginning of 2021.