Tech Giants’ Diversity Reports Show an Industry Not Diverse at All

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Last week, Apple became the latest tech company to issue a diversity report, following in the footsteps of Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, and others. In a statement accompanying the data, Apple CEO Tim Cook voiced his displeasure about his firm’s makeup, which is overwhelmingly white and male: “I’m not satisfied with the numbers… They’re not new to us, and we’ve been working hard for quite some time to improve them.”

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Now that these tech companies’ diversity numbers are public, front-end developer Nick Heer has assembled all that data into tables on his Pixel Envy blog (hat tip to Daring Fireball for surfacing the link). When arranged in side-by-side columns, that data paints a picture of tech giants that look remarkably similar, at least when it comes to ethnicity and gender among tech workers. Here’s his chart for gender. (“Yahoo is the only company that has an ‘other/not disclosed’ option,” is his note on that company’s numbers.)

Pixel Envy Gender Diversity

And here’s his chart for ethnicity:

Pixel Envy Gender Diversity

“It will come as no surprise that all of these companies are boys’ clubs, particularly tech workers and those in leadership roles,” Heer wrote. “This is one of the biggest issues facing the tech industry right now.” Tim Cook might be disappointed, but Apple isn’t alone.

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3 Responses to “Tech Giants’ Diversity Reports Show an Industry Not Diverse at All”

  1. Frankie Calder

    The push to get more women interested in tech may help to reduce the skills gap, but it also reveals the reason for the disparity: Women just aren’t interested in it! You have to practically hit them over the head to get them to explore the field! The racial disparity doesn’t seem to be discrimination, rather it seems to be “Asian” overachievement! What are you going to do, ban them from technology until we get the “correct” percentage? These statistics are misleading, because they certainly do not reflect the industry overall, and I have the black co-workers and the woman supervisor to prove it.

  2. Fred Bosick

    The lack of diversity is one thing, but there’s even misinformation in the tables. In the headers specifically. The unassuming column marked “Asian” seems ordinary and inoffensive. You may even think they’re listing exceptional Chinese or Japanese origin students from Cal Tech or something. But those are Indian indentured servants(H-1B, etc.) and their preponderance is a matter of cheapness and visa capture rather than superior qualifications or performance.

    There’s a lot more wrong than gender or racial balance here.

  3. Diana

    I sparked an interest in Tech on my own, but it would have been nice to hear the experiences of other women. Oh, wait, according to the data above, they’re barely being represented. Maybe the reason women don’t choose STEM fields is because they face discrimination and sexism so they end up leaving the industry altogether. There’s also the fact that they are being passed over for jobs in favor of men with equal qualifications. So STEM women remain unemployed, and articles like this abound, they say they’re “concerned”, and “disappointed” with the findings but no one implementing the solutions they suggest.