An increasing number of companies is now focused on embracing workforce diversity, both for women and minorities. Earlier this year, Pinterest and Google have announced that they are in support of workforce diversity and they plan to change and adapt their human resources activities.
Now, Apple is entering the game and as recent reports state, the number of women hired by Apple has increased to a large extent. Officials stated that the company has made serious progress toward improving the variety of its workforce structure by hiring more women and minorities in the past year than any previous year, although the racial and ethnic landmark of the company has changed very little since 2014.
Apple has hired 65% more women and 50% more black individuals in the recent year. Also, they have more Latinos in a 66% proportion, according to the company’s annual diversity report, released on Thursday. Translated in actual figures, that means they’ve hired more than 11.000 women, 2.200 blacks and 2.700 Hispanics in the company, which raised its total employee number to 110.000 individuals.
Most tech companies have their workforce structure defined mainly by white people and Asians. Apple, along with other large organizations, has been under public pressure to increase the number of women and minorities. Jesse Jackson, an acclaimed civil rights leader, has been joined by members of Congress and other critics for Silicon Valley corporations to build a more representative support for the population as a whole.
The highest paid jobs in Sillicon Valley are the computer software development positions or hardware engineers. In this field, there is a dramatically low diversity rate among employees. The number of blacks and Hispanic workers in Apple’s U.S based tech jobs has increased from 13% last year to 15% nowadays. Companies are making baby steps, which reveals important shifts in perspective when it comes to racial biases and misconceptions that disadvantage large groups of people.
Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, recently declared he is committed to hiring even more women and minorities. He also stated that Apple is contributing with large sums of money to support historically black colleges and programs that provide all the technological skills and specialized trainings to students in disadvantaged communities.
In spite of the visible improvements made by Apple in the workforce diversity field, Jesse Jackson raised the stakes higher, by suggesting that both Apple and other tech companies go beyond the federal report and “provide more comprehensive data on hiring as well as purchasing and contracting with companies owned by women and minorities”. The workforce diversity supported by Apple must go one step further, by providing all possible rights and facilities to a larger variety of individuals.
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