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Late to the party, Amazon finally publishes its diversity numbers

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One of the last holdouts among consumer web companies has published its employee demographic information. After Google, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Apple, LinkedIn, Yahoo and others did so over the summer, Amazon has now followed suit.

In August, we analyzed twelve of the biggest tech companies’ workforces, visualizing their gender and ethnicity breakdowns and comparing them to one another. So it’s easy to put Amazon’s numbers in perspective.

Its numbers are, on average, better than most of its counterparts. In terms of gender breakdown, Amazon falls right in the middle with 63 percent of its workforce men and 37 percent women. It’s less gender diverse than Yahoo, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and eBay, but more gender diverse than the eight other tech companies we analyzed, from Twitter to Cisco.

In terms of ethnic diversity, Amazon has far more black people working for it than any other big tech company. In fact, at 15 percent, it has a higher percentage of black people working for it than the actual demographic breakdown of black people in the United States population – 11.1 percent. With 9 percent of the company Hispanic, Amazon is second only to Apple in terms of the largest Hispanic representation in its workforce.

But it’s worth bearing in mind that just like Apple, Amazon has service and labor employees that the other web companies do not. Its warehouses are stacked with people who aren’t in technical roles. They make Amazon look more diverse overall compared to the overwhelmingly white and male world of computer engineers, even if those employees are in lower paying roles.

Amazon, notably, didn’t break out its technical and non-technical roles, perhaps for that reason. Unlike most of the other tech companies that published their diversity numbers, Amazon grouped everything together, so it’s difficult to tell which demographics are from its warehouses versus its web teams. Instead it broke out its “management staff” from its overall workforce, but the word “management” is so amorphous, we don’t know what that entails. It could mean anything from a shift manager in a warehouse to the CEO of the company.

Take a look at Amazon’s numbers below. To compare them to all the other big tech companies, check out our August visualization.

Amazon's employee demographics
Amazon’s employee demographics

2 Responses to “Late to the party, Amazon finally publishes its diversity numbers”

  1. Janice Schacter Lintz

    Diversity does not mean race or gender. Diversity includes people with disabilities. Where are the numbers of people with disabilities employed by these companies? Do the companies have access for people with disabilities so they can even work in their offices?

    Far too much tech is being built without access for people with disabilities. Part of the issue is that people with disabilities aren’t in the room. It is time to change this equation by collecting data on people with disabilities at these companies. Companies then need to affirmatively recruit people with disabilities.

    Janice Schacter Lintz
    Chair, Hearing Access Program