Google makes progress in workforce diversity

Google said it’s making progress in workforce gender and ethnic diversity, but the tech giant concedes it’s got a ways to go.

“A diverse mix of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone,” CEO Sundar Pichai said in an introduction to the company’s latest diversity report.

On its blog post, the company listed an array of accomplishments regarding workforce diversity that it achieved by the end of 2015.

“Women now comprise 31 percent of all Googlers, and we’ve seen strong growth of women in technical and leadership roles,” the company said.

About 19 percent of Google’s technical workforce was female at the end of 2015, but it was no more than a modest upswing from 18 percent in 2014.

Mountain View-based Google estimated that women now hold 24 percent of the tech titan’s leadership positions. That again, though, is only a small improvement from the 22 percent figure in 2014.

The report also provided some new metrics. For the first time this year, Google decided to share the percentage of its hires who are black and Hispanic.

“In 2015, our hiring for Black, Hispanic, and female Googlers grew faster than our current demographic representation for each of these groups,” the company said. “And our Hispanic Googlers in technical roles increased from 2 to 3 percent.”

About 4 percent of the company’s hires were black in 2015, up from 2 percent in 2014. The company said 5 percent of its hires in 2015 were Hispanic, up from 3 percent the year before.

Google said 3 percent of its hires were of Hispanics in technical jobs during 2015, up from 2 percent in 2014.

“Hiring is important, but it’s equally important to make workplaces inclusive, fair and supportive for all employees,” the company stated in the blog. “We’re continuing to build a culture where Googlers can grow, thrive and want to stay.”


Image: Page from the Google diversity report


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  • Lafayette Escadrill

    Wonder how many of those new hires played high school and college football????