Google wants more female, black, Hispanic techies

Twenty-one percent of Google’s tech hires last year were women, according to company’s recent diversity report

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Internet giant Google said in a Google+ post that 21 percent of tech hires the company made last year were women and the overall number of women in technology related roles rose by 1 percent.

Google started to publish its diversity statistics more than one year ago, bringing the issue into open debate which caused other tech firms like Facebook follow their lead.

According to the recent report, 30 percent of Google’s more than 53,600 global workforce is women.

However, Hispanic and black techies are 2 percent and 3 percent of the company, respectively.  

The company’s leadership is dominated by whites, with 70 percent of the company’s leadership being white, while women hold 22 percent of the company’s executive positions.

It seems Google is still not “where it wants to be when it comes to diversity.”

To that end, Google pledged $150 million to initiatives that would diversify its workforce next year.

“Though we still have a long way to go, we’re seeing some early progress,” the company said in the post.

TRTWorld and agencies