The tech titan is planning to hire more than 200 members of its security staff as official Google employees, making them eligible for the same benefits enjoyed by the higher-paid Googlers.

Google security guards, who are previously hired through contractors, will now have access to health insurance, on-site medical services, retirement benefits and maternity/paternity leave, among other benefits.

According to Wall Street Journal, the move comes amid rising concerns about the disparities in pay, benefits and working conditions between tech-company employees and service workers (i.e. security guards and janitors) in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The issue was raised in an August think tank report, saying the median hourly wage for security guards in Santa Clara County is only $14 while that of software developers is roughly $63.

“Building an in-house security team is something we are excited to do,” a Google spokesperson said told WSJ. “A year ago we in-sourced the Google security operations center and we are looking forward to making these valued positions both full-and part-time Google employees.”

Is Google setting another trend?

Whether or not this move will start another trend that will reverberate around Silicon Valley, where Google resides, is yet to be known. But, that’s a possibility.

After the tech company revealed details on the gender and racial composition of its workforce in May, several other Silicon Valley residents, such as Apple and Facebook, followed suit.

“For years, service workers have been urging the tech giants to support good jobs that give everyone a fair shot at a better way of life,” said Alfredo Fletes, a representative of the Service Employees International Union. “Google’s decision is a step in the right direction.”

To ease into the process of hiring Google security guards in-house, the tech giant said it will continue to work with Security Industry Specialists, its security staff contractor.