Google released a report detailing the diversity in its workforce and its clear they have some work to do. 61% of their workforce is white and 70% of them male. If you combine White with Asian employees they make up 91% of Google’s work force.
Hispanics make up just 3% while Blacks come in at 2%.
The 70% male, 30% female data is for Google’s worldwide workforce. The ethnicity figures were calculated for the U.S. only according to Google.
The release of diversity data comes after U.S. civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson broached the issue at Google’s annual meeting earlier this month. Google’s Chief Legal Officer David Drummond promised at the annual meeting that Google would release the data. They fulfilled that promise yesterday.
Jackson led a delegation to multiple Silicon Valley companies designed to highlight the diversity gap.
“Technology is supposed to be about inclusion, but sadly, patterns of exclusion remains the order of the day,” Jackson wrote in letters to the top tech companies.
Google’s senior VP for People Operations Laszlo Bock addressed their diversity problem in the report and acknowledged more has to be done.
“We’re not where we want to be when it comes to diversity. And it is hard to address these kinds of challenges if you’re not prepared to discuss them openly, and with the facts,” Bock wrote.
“All of our efforts, including going public with these numbers, are designed to help us recruit and develop the world’s most talented and diverse people.”
The lack of diversity is even more apparent when looking at Google’s leadership. Men make up 79% of the jobs with whites holding 72% of them. Hispanics make up just 1% while Blacks hold 2%.
The lack of diversity extends all the way down to the education level. Women account for about 18% of all computer science degrees while Blacks and Hispanics account for less than 10%.
Jesse Jackson and the Rainbow Push Coalition cheered yesterday’s move. “We believe it is time for other tech companies to follow Google’s lead. We challenge them to also voluntarily release their Equal Employment Opportunity Data/Reports,” Jackson said in a statement.
Check out Google’s report to see how all of the demographics are represented and what Google is doing to become a more diverse company.
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