With 70% male and 61% white workforce, Google admits it has a 'diversity issue'

Friday, 30 May 2014 - 1:17pm IST | Agency: DNA Webdesk

In its most recent blogpost, Google admitted to having a problem — a problem of workforce diversity.

With a 70% male, and over 61% white workforce, the tech giant revealed numbers that it isn't very proud of. “Google is not where we want to be when it comes to diversity, and it’s hard to address these kinds of challenges if you’re not prepared to discuss them openly, and with the facts.”

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But on the positive note, through this admission, they have expressed a willingness to discuss and rectify the issue. “We’ve always been reluctant to publish numbers about the diversity of our workforce at Google. We now realise we were wrong, and that it’s time to be candid about the issues,” they stated.

So what exactly is the problem?
Google explains, “There are lots of reasons why technology companies like Google struggle to recruit and retain women and minorities. For example, women earn roughly 18% of all computer science degrees in the United States. Blacks and Hispanics make up under 10% of US college grads and collect fewer than 5% of degrees in CS majors, respectively.”

However, many side with the Google and other tech giant that stand accused of diversity flaws, saying that the industry calls for a meritocracy in its human resource.

Google, itself, puts up a slightly defensive stance, “Among other things, since 2010 we’ve given more than $40 million to organisations working to bring computer science education to women and girls. And we’ve been working with historically black colleges and universities to elevate coursework and attendance in computer science. For example, this year Google engineer Charles Pratt was in-residence at Howard University, where he revamped the school’s Intro to CS curriculum.”

Earlier this year, Google had come under fire for being “sexist” with its flagship Google Doodles. Research by a feminist group revealed that Google Doodles from 2010 to 2013, the tech conglomerate paid tribute to 357 men and only 77 women.

Read more on that here.


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