June 1, 2014 Lauren

Google admits to lack of workforce diversity

Google has released its workplace diversity statistics for the first time, and the results are unsurprising.

In a recent blog post titled “Getting to work on diversity at Google,” the company revealed that most of its employees are white males. Women make up only 30% of workforce at the company and they represent only 17% of its tech workers. African-Americans and Hispanics only comprised 1 and 2% of Google’s tech employees, respectively. Google’s leadership is even more skewed toward men, who make up 79% of that group.

Without further ado, click here to learn more about Google’s workforce demographics.

In the blog post, Google senior vice president of people operations, Laszlo Bock, admitted the company had been reluctant to publish information about the diversity of their workforce, but now “it’s time to be candid about the issues.” He writes: “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.”

Bock cited several statistics in noting that technology companies like Google struggle to recruit women and minorities because those groups earn a far lower percentage of computer science degrees than their white male counterparts. For example, “women earn about 18 percent of all computer science degrees in the United States. Blacks and Hispanics each make up under 10 percent of U.S. college grads and each earn fewer than 10 percent of degrees” in computer science majors.

In addition, he mentioned that Google has “given more than $40 million to organizations working to bring computer science education to women and girls” while also working to improve the computer science curriculum at historically black schools such as Howard University. He also wrote that “we’re the first to admit that Google is miles from where we want to be” and that transparency is an important step toward improving diversity.

To learn more about Google’s work on diversity, visit google.com/diversity.

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Lauren Lauren is the founder and host of Digital Diversity, a web series and online community highlighting people of color making an impact in new media and tech.

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