Google is making slow progress on hiring people who aren't white men

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Google has released its latest report showing the ethnic and gender makeup of its employees.

Here’s the summary:

  • 75% of Google’s leaders globally are men
  • 2% of its employees in the US are black
  • Just 20% of tech employees are women
  • But 48% of non-tech employees are women
  • More than a third of Google’s US employees are Asian

This is the company’s third diversity report, after it first began publishing data in 2014. And progress has been slow.

Here’s the overall picture, comparing 2017 and 2014:

The data shows that Google mostly employs white men. In this report, Google showed gender data globally, and ethnicity data for the US. The company didn’t give other regional breakdowns of employee data.

The picture has barely changed from 2014, when 30% of Google’s staff were women, and 70% were men.

Google also has mixed progress on ethnicity. Some 30% of the company’s staff were Asian in 2014, and that now stands at 35%. But the number of black staff at Google has stayed static over three years at just 2%. The number of Hispanic staff has gone up slightly from 2% to 4%.

And looking more closely at the data: Those new minority staff haven’t been hired to tech positions. Tech roles are still dominated by white and Asian men. They have mostly gone to non-tech roles, where there’s a much better balance for both gender and ethnicity.

There are slightly more women in tech roles in 2017, up from 17% in 2014 to 20% now.

Here’s the data on tech roles:

Here’s the data showing greater numbers of women and minorities in non-tech roles:

Google’s made progress in putting more women and minorities into leadership, but the imbalance is still stark.

Eileen Naughton, Google’s vice president of people and operations, announced that the company has hired a vice president of diversity, Danielle Brown, who starts in July. Brown will take responsibility for Google’s diversity and inclusion policies.

Naughton added in a post: “More than other industries, the technology sector is extremely open about its challenges in creating a diverse and inclusive workforce.

“We all welcome the conversation and the scrutiny; it helps us raise the bar in terms of this important work and our commitment to it.”

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