The social network has an army of behind-the-scenes employees who can’t afford to live in an area with out-of-control housing costs

As one of the most desirable employers in Silicon Valley, Facebook has built a small town square for staff at its headquarters in Menlo Park. After leaving the car with a valet attendant, employees can work out at the gym, take their bikes for a tune-up, drop off their dry cleaning, pop by the company dentist or doctor’s office, play video games in the arcade, or even sit down for a trim at the barber’s shop.

But keeping all of those amenities running requires an army of subcontracted contingent workers, including bicycle mechanics, security guards and janitors.

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