New Diversity Report From Google Shows Little Has Changed

Written by Ann Brown


Google just released its diversity report and the findings aren’t pretty.

Google is first tech company so far to release its latest diversity report. And, it comes on the heels of Google employees demanding that executive pay be linked to gains in diversity and inclusion.  Google’s annual diversity report includes its data on hiring, attrition, and the intersection of race and gender. And the bottom line, is that Google still remains very male and very white. The company has a hard time retaining Black employees.

“In 2017, Black employees left Google at the highest rates, followed by Latinx employees; but the attrition numbers also showed that Google was better at retaining female employees than male employees. Google also said it made gains in hiring Asian women,” Wired reported.

But according to Danielle Brown, Google’s vice president and chief diversity officer, the company has been focused on improving its inclusion on women of color especially.  “It helps us really highlight where we are and aren’t making progress and ensuring that we don’t leave anyone behind,” she told Wired. Brown was hired in 2017, sound the same time a letter complaining about Google’s diversity efforts written by engineer James Damore went viral. Damore actually wrote that female engineers were biologically unable to be good at their jobs After he was fired, he  filed a lawsuit against Google alleging that the tech giant was discriminating against white men and conservatives.

Seems Damore shouldn’t have been too worked about white males being run out of Google. They still are the dominant force at the company. “Globally, Google’s workforce is 69.1 percent male, down slightly from 70 percent in 2014, the first year that Google made the data available. In the US, Google’s workforce is 53.1 percent white and 36.3 percent Asian, but only 2.5 percent Black, 3.6 percent Hispanic and Latinx, and 4.2 percent multiracial. That’s little changed from 2014, when the workforce was 61 percent white, 30 percent Asian, 2 percent Black, 3 percent Latinx and 4 percent multiracial,” Wired reported.

There was some positive news on the hiring front, however. “Black Googler hires (3.2% of all U.S. hires) remain above current representation (2.5% of all U.S. Googlers), and hires of Black Googlers in tech positions increased from 1.9% to 2.0% (+0.1 ppt),” The Root reported.

Google isn’t the only tech company where diversity problems still. “Microsoft’s diversity figures in 2017 revealed a gender divide of 81% men and 19% women in both its leadership and tech divisions. In leadership 66.8% were white and 2.2% Black or Afro-American, in tech those figures were 53% and 2.7%. Facebook revealed that 28% of its global senior leadership staff in 2017 were women, and in the US 71% of leaders were white, 3% Black,” the BBC reported.


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