Thursday, July 9, 2015

New Diversity Reports of Tech Companies Show Little Change


So far, diversity is still wanting in the tech industry, as the second round of diversity reports coming from these tech companies show little change from the diversity data they reported last year.

Yesterday Yahoo became the most recent tech company to tell us how painfully similar its diversity numbers are to those it reported last year, according to this article by Tech Crunch. As shown by the workforcediversity data released by Yahoo, it is still predominantly men (62%) with women making up 37% of its workforce. As to ethnicity diversity, the company remains predominantly white (47%) and Asian (43 %); Other data includes:
Tech positions are dominated by 84% men; 16% women;
Non-tech positions are dominated by 54% women; 45% men, and 1% undisclosed;
Leadership positions are 76% men and 24% women.

The aforementioned article suggests that companies should instead disclose their more short-term diversity hiring goals. Each company has, or should have, internal goals for how many women and minorities it plans to hire in a given year. This brings about better accountability, and stcokholders and consumers alike can easily monitor whether the companies follow through their promises of improving diversity in their organization.

Google released last month an updated report of its workforce demograhics, Fortune reported. That data highlighted a big gender gap and a shortage of African-Americans and Hispanics. In the latest report, Google showed that it’s staff is largely the same. In the past year, the company has made only a tiny bit of progress.[...]But for a company of this size — it employs almost 56,000 people worldwide — even this incremental change is good news, according Nancy Lee, Google’s vice president of human resources, told USA Today. “I think we are getting better and we are hoping that ultimately we are able to accelerate the improvement,” she said. - Read more here:

A similar diversity report goes for Facebook, which remains predominantly white and Asian men. The biggest area of progress was that Facebook’s non-tech employee percentage of women grew from 47% to 52%. Any other gains were limited to a 1% increase in the female or hispanic demographic’s share of employees. - Read more here:

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