Apple: Progress on diversity is slow (with video)

The split between men and women (68% vs. 32%) at Apple was unchanged last year.

The Apple diversity report issued Thursday found five ways to put a positive spin on the state of affairs.

  • Our female representation is steadily increasing, and we’re proud of the progress we’re making. For example, 36 percent of our employees under 30 are women. That’s an increase of 5 percentage points since 2014.
  • Since 2014 we’ve increased female representation at Apple by 2 percentage points, hiring 37,000 women globally.
  • Twenty-nine percent of our leaders are women, reflecting a 1 percentage point increase from July 2016 to July 2017.
  • During that same period of time, the percentage of leaders under 30 who are women has increased by 3 percentage points.
  • From July 2016 to July 2017, half of our new hires in the United States were from historically underrepresented groups in tech — women, Black, Hispanic, Native American, and Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander.

The accompanying video:

My take: “Meaningful change takes time,” Apple’s report concludes. At this rate it does.

2 Comments

  1. Fred Stein said:

    Hopefully we all agree that progress is not fast enough.

    That said, it would be helpful to compare Apple’s percentages in race and gender with the tech industry.

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    November 10, 2017
  2. Ken Cheng said:

    Two data points jump out at me: one, while 29% of leaders are women, 39% of leaders under 30 are women. Seems to be strongly headed in the right direction. And two, the new hires diversity chart shows non-white hires are 56%, while white new hires are only 43%. It’ll take time for new hiring patterns to change the overall data, but the changes look statistically significant.

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    November 10, 2017

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