Google releases breakdown on the diversity of its workforce


After tip-toeing around the makeup of its workforce for a while, Google released a blog post Wednesday afternoon that gave a breakdown of the company’s diversity in both gender and ethnicity.

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Collected from data gathered in January of 2014, the employee base of Google is predominantly white and male (61 percent and 70 percent, respectively), with nearly a third of employees identifying as Asian.

But the overall numbers not entirely representative of the diversity in the company’s most important parts. For example, employees in leadership roles at Google are 72 percent White and 79 percent male:

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But the biggest disparities, perhaps unsurprisingly, are in the company’s tech employees. Women don’t even make up a fifth of the company’s tech workforce — representing just 17 percent.

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Laszlo Bock, Senior Vice President of People Operations and blog author, said that Google is actively trying to recruit more women and minorities for its staff: “But we’re the first to admit that Google is miles from where we want to be—and that being totally clear about the extent of the problem is a really important part of the solution.”

Google, along with other tech companies, have been pressured to release their diversity numbers by Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., who showed up to an HP shareholders meeting to discuss the lack of inclusion in tech companies.

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