Here are the stats.
A shareholder pressure group called Open MIC issued a diversity report for the tech industry Wednesday that left me scratching my head. They had data I’d never seen before.
I’ve put their findings for Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft—along with U.S. census data—in a bar chart to make it easier to spot the anomalies. Note, for example, the over-representation of Blacks and Latinos at Amazon. Or the outsized percentage of Asians at Facebook. Of the five horsemen, Apple and Facebook’s demographics most closely match the country’s. (For why this might be, see update below.)
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From the report:
- Black people, Latinos and Native Americans are underrepresented in tech by 16-to-18 percentage points compared with their presence in the U.S. labor force overall.10 Black people and Latinos each comprise just 5.3 percent of the Professionals category in U.S. tech industry labor data.
- While Asians are represented at a higher rate in the tech workforce than the private sector overall, white people are 1½ times more likely than Asians to rise to an executive rank.
- Among people of color who do enter the industry, many report isolation, discrimination and toxic work environments that prompt them to take their talent else-where. People of color leave tech at more than 3.5 times the rate of white men.
Link: Breaking the mold.
UPDATE: As reader Fred Stein points out, the report’s footnotes shed light on Amazon and Apple’s stats:
** A note on the relatively high percentage of employees of color at Amazon: According to a report on Amazon by the Institute for Local Self Reliance, “Amazon [warehouse worker] wages were an average of 15 percent below the wages for comparable positions. … These low wages disproportionately affect African-American and Latino workers, who comprise 45 percent of Amazon’s warehouse workforce, but only 8 percent of the company’s management.” 29
*** Apple’s retail employee base is included in its overall numbers. In 2014, Apple had about 66,000 employees in the U.S., including 30,000 U.S. retail employees.30 According to the company’s latest disclosure, the retail staff is more racially diverse than the staff overall. Meanwhile, the tech staff is less racially diverse than the staff overall.
CORRECTION: In an earlier version of this item, the Asian and Latino U.S. population numbers were swapped. Thanks, George Row, for catching that.