Google publishes workforce diversity data, favours white men

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Google has published data on the gender and ethnic breakdown of its workforce for the first time, revealing that only 17 percent of technical roles are taken by women.

The balance between the sexes is slightly more even across all roles at Google, with a 30/70 percent split. However, women are much better represented in non-tech roles, at 48 percent, than in other areas at the web giant.

As well as accounting for only 17 percent of tech positions, female staff make up only 21 percent of leadership roles, with men dominating at 79 percent.

On the ethnicity front, Google also shows a leaning towards white males for its most senior positions. Almost three-quarters of leadership roles go to white people, compared with 23 percent Asian, two percent black and one percent Hispanic.

Google does slightly better in tech roles, with 34 percent Asian, but still only two percent Hispanic and one percent black.

Google has admitted it could do better at attracting women and ethnic minorities to the company, an objective the firm says will lead to “better decision-making, more relevant products, and makes work a whole lot more interesting”.

On publishing the workforce statistics, Google noted: “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.

“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.”

However, Google’s workforce is representative of the wider IT industry. At present, women account for somewhere between 15 and 18 percent of IT professionals, a figure that the British Computer Society, The Chartered Institute for IT, said has fallen significantly in recent years.

29 May 2014 | 12:21 pm – Source: v3.co.uk
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