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.


  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.

    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.

    November 10, 2017

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