In a post on its official company blog, Google, for the first time ever, broke down the diversity of its workforce. The company said that it was originally reluctant to share this type of information, but now realizes it was wrong and has decided to be more candid about the issue. Google says that it is not where it wants to be in terms of the diversity of its workforce.
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70 percent of employees at Google are male, while 61 percent of all workers are white and 30 percent are Asian. Hispanic and Black ethnic groups came in at 3 percent and 2 percent, respectively.
Google cites several statistics as reasons for its low employment of women and minorities. For one, the company points out that women earn just 18 percent of all computer science degrees in the United States, while Blacks and Hispanics account for less than 5 percent of computer science degrees combined. Google, however, says that it has given more than $40 million to organizations working to bring computer science education to women, in addition to working with historically black colleges and universities to improve computer science programs.
But we’re the first to admit that Google is miles from where we want to be—and that being totally clear about the extent of the problem is a really important part of the solution. To learn more about our work on diversity—for our our workforce, for the web and for the tech leaders of the future—visit google.com/diversity.