In Workforce Diversity, Apple Is As 'Good' As Its Peers
Tech major Apple has proved, time and again “it’s different,” in so many ways, making it one of today’s market leaders and innovators. However, this does not reflect on its workforce diversity data that shows the company is just the same as most of its peers. Apple’s high-paying technology jobs are primarily filled by white and Asian men, like many of its other tech peers like Google, Twitter, Yahoo, Facebook and Hewlett-Packard, among others.
Going with the industry trend to release demographic data about their workforces, Apple showed 54% of the company’s technology jobs in the US are handled by whites and another 23% by Asians. Men make up 80% of Apple’s technology workforce throughout the world.
Apple CEO Tim Cook expressed his dissatisfaction with the lack of diversity in a letter posted alongside the data. He also highlighted the ways that the the company is trying to be more inclusive. The scarcity of women, blacks and Latinos employed in computer programming and other technology jobs at Apple reflects the situations previously disclosed at other major companies in the Silicon Valley. At Google, some 70 percent of employees are also male, and 61 percent are white. Twitter’s overall employee population is 70 percent male and 59 percent white. These diversity reports have spurred a major debate about the lack of diversity at the biggest tech companies and raised concerns on how to improve the ratio.
“Apple will do everything it can to make their workforce look more like the population they serve,” said Fred Sainz, vice president of communications at the Human Rights Campaign told Reuters. For 13 years running, the HRC has awarded Apple a perfect score on its corporate equality index, which rates American workplaces on LGBT equality.
After stepping in as the CEO, Cook promoted Cuban-American Eddy Cue to a leadership role at Apple, and brought on former Burberry chief executive Angela Ahrendts. The company also recruited Lisa Jackson, the first African American to head up the Environmental Protection Agency, to run its environmental efforts.
Moreover, in recent years, Apple executives have spoken out publicly in support of a variety of social and environmental causes, including diversity, accessibility and human rights. Cook made an appearance at the San Francisco Pride Festival for the first time this summer to cheer on thousands of employees and their families who showed up.
On the commitment now expected from the tech companies, David Kong , a senior spokesperson at the Bureau of Labor and Statistics said that while it is clear that women and most non-whites are underrepresented Within the tech industry itself, Many companies have taken steps to add more women to their ranks, and working towards reducing this gap they say, and it will be only a matter of time before workforce censuses reflect those changes.
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