So white right now.
Google’s latest diversity report confirmed what we all know about prestige jobs at Silicon Valley tech companies: Despite incremental gains in diversity, these jobs still overwhelmingly go to white males.
But how do tech companies compare to one another? While most of the internal stats came out last year, it’s helpful to see how companies stack up against each other as we get more data.
By charting some major tech companies’ latest diversity statistics, a few patterns arise. For leadership — a category that usually includes director-level or above — Twitter and Apple have a slightly higher rate of women in those positions — though none of the companies measured has over 30 percent female leadership. Remember, women are 50 percent of the population. Intel and Microsoft have the lowest rates of women in leadership.
Amazon leads slightly as far as employing people of color in top roles, but Amazon measures managers, not directors, as leadership. Twitter and Facebook have the whitest leadership.
Women tend to be even less represented in technology jobs than leadership jobs. Amazon has the highest rate, with 26.7 percent women in “professional” positions, which includes software developers among other jobs.
Since Asians tend to be over-represented in technology jobs, obscuring how few other non-whites are hired, we included that group when comparing tech jobs. Apple had the highest share of non-white, non-Asians in tech jobs, including an 8 percent black and 8 percent Hispanic tech workforce. Facebook had the lowest rate of non-white, non-Asians in tech jobs at about 6 percent.
Note: Gender figures are global whereas race numbers are for the U.S. For Amazon technology jobs, I used the “professionals” section on the company’s government diversity report, which includes software developers; leadership jobs at Amazon are management level or above. I included two or more races and “other” (often includes Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander) as non-white.
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Author: Rani Molla
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