Google Claims Progress on Diversity Hiring


Google has updated its annual diversity report with new data, claiming “early progress” in its efforts to integrate more women and minorities into its tech-pro ranks.

Women constituted 21 percent of Google’s hires over the past year, according to the company’s data, which increased the overall number of women “in technical roles” by 1 percent. Google claims that its campus-outreach efforts are responsible for the increasing percentages.

Black and Hispanic employees constituted 2 and 3 percent of the company, respectively; Google claims the hiring rate for those groups exceeds that of the overall hiring rate. “On the technical side, our Black and Hispanic communities grew by 39 percent in the U.S., compared to 28 percent tech growth overall,” read the official Google+ posting on the matter. “Our non-technical teams in the U.S. grew by 17 percent last year, while the Black community in grew by 38 percent and Hispanic by 22 percent in non-tech.” Despite those suggestions of growth, the actual number of employees who fall into those demographics remains strikingly low.

Last month, Nancy Lee, Google’s vice president of people operations, wrote in a blog posting that the company would do four things to boost its diversity:

  • Prompt employees to take diversity classes
  • Expand its hiring programs to more colleges
  • Make computer science classes available to more kids
  • Encourage business owners to participate more online

Whether those initiatives (and others) will translate into a more diverse employee pool remains to be seen; but in the meantime, Google is claiming progress.

4 Responses to “Google Claims Progress on Diversity Hiring”

  1. It seems interesting that companies with more whites than minorities seem to get such negative articles as if they were doing something evil. If one was to look at the ethnic group make up of the current Computer Science students nationwide, then that would be the makeup of the future workforce. If there are more whites studying CS overall, then that would be the future technology workforce.

    There are many companies with more non-white staff than whites in their technology department. Farmers Insurance for example would have over 95% of Indian staff. All the white staff were let go to be replaced with Indians, even the office administrator is an Indian. Supposedly, it is the same case with Verizon as well. SCE was the latest example who laid off their American staff to be replaced with an all Indian staff on worker visa. When will there be articles written about these companies to increase diversity by hiring more white employees?

    I’m not white by the way, and I’d rather work for a white management than Indians as they are more efficient and value the work/life balance. Even my Indian colleagues feel the same way.