Not a day goes by without Google appearing in the press: yesterday we were introduced to the new Google driverless car and today Google has revealed its diversity figure and the bottom line is that Google workforce is not very diverse! Along with this reveal, Google pledges to do more in the future about bringing more minorities and women in their offices.
Google Workforce is Not Very Diverse
Google wasn’t on board at first about publishing the results of its workforce diversity, but eventually it cracked and the picture the numbers pain is not a very pretty one. According to the results, 70% of the people working for Google are men and 30% are women. 61% of Google employees are white and 30% Asian. 4% are of mixed race, 3% of Google’s workers are Hispanic and only 2% are Black.
These figures come from data collected in the month of January of this year, 2014. According to Google, the ethnicity data applies to Google workers in the United States of America, while the gender data represents the company’s global workforce.
Google senior vice president of People Operations, revealed the figures on May 28 and wrote:
“We’ve always been reluctant to publish numbers about the diversity of our workforce at Google. We now realize we were wrong, and that it’s time to be candid about the issues. Put simply, Google is not where we want to be when it comes to diversity, and it’s hard to address these kinds of challenges if you’re not prepared to discuss them openly, and with the facts.”
We applaud Google for finally being upfront and transparent about their workers. We believe that transparency is a great step for Google. Google may not be quite there just yet, it is taking big steps in getting there. So the Google workforce is not very diverse, but they’re the first ones to know this and it’s great that it is like this.
“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. To learn more about our work on diversity—for our workforce, for the web and for the tech leaders of the future—visit google.com/diversity.”
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