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Numbers don't lie: Diversity data reveal big gaps in gender and demographics of Google's workforce

In an effort to make Google a diverse platform in terms of employees, the company recently hired a new VP of diversity, integrity and governance

Numbers don't lie: Diversity data reveal big gaps in gender and demographics of Google's workforce

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A recent memo circulated by an employee of Google allowed a sneak peek into the internal struggle of the workers—whether male or female— in the company. The employee was eventually fired for speaking his mind but the data released by Google doesn't give much scope for appreciation either.

As per the January 2017 data on employee diversity on its website, globally, only two out ten workers in tech roles and one out of four senior executives are women. The condition, however, is better in non-tech roles where nearly half of the work force are women. Overall, just 31 percent of the workforce Google employs globally is female.

Demographically, a September 2016 Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) report by Google shows a great divide among people from different races in the company. More than half of the workforce of the company in the US is white.

Asians, which include Indians and Chinese—two of the largest diaspora in the country, are the second biggest lot, grabbing one-third of the total jobs. Hispanic and Blacks constitute four percent and two percent of the working population in the company, respectively.

Infographic: Google's Current Employee Demographics | StatistaSource: Statista

Ethnicity data for tech roles more or less mirrors the overall data with Whites (53 percent) and Asians (39 percent) grabbing two large chunks. Whereas, the data for non-tech employees is comparatively more skewed in favour of Whites who form nearly two-third of the total employees of the tech giant. Asians with 23 percent of the non-tech positions form the second major group. Blacks and Hispanics are again at the bottom with five percent of the workforce each.

Asians with 23 percent of the non-tech positions form the second major group. Blacks and Hispanics are again at the bottom with five percent of the workforce each.

The worst figures for minority participation is for the senior positions. Google employs only one Black or African American at the executive level out of a total of 31 positions. Moreover, only four females—all White—feature among its top level positions. There is no Hispanic or Native American at the top rung of the California-based company.

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In an effort to make Google a diverse platform in terms of employees, the company hired a new VP of diversity, integrity and governance— Danielle Brown.

From 2013 to 2016, according to an assessment done by Axios, a number of female employees remained stagnant with women constituting around 30 percent of the total workforce. The same is the case with Black employees who constituted a minuscule two percent of the labour force at Google.

Even in the last one year, the progress is hard to find. There is just one percent increase in the number of Hispanic employees. A similar increase is observed for Blacks in non-tech positions, women in tech and leadership positions.

Google has a lot to do towards achieving the goals of inclusion and creation of a “diverse mix of voices” it has set for itself.
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