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BizReport : Trends & Ideas : June 29, 2015

Latest Facebook workforce diversity report disappoints

The latest information on diversity within Facebook's workforce is disappointing with white males continuing to make up the vast majority.

by Helen Leggatt

Last Thursday's report on diversity within Facebook's workforce shows that 55% employees in the U.S. are white with Asians making up the next significant chunk (36%). However, African-Americans and Hispanics continue in very small numbers - just 2% and 4% respectively, despite this being a very slight improvement on last year when whites constituted 57% and Asians 34%.

According to Facebook's COO, Sheryl Sandberg, the company knows it has "a long way to go". Maxine Williams, Facebook's global head of diversity added that, "Having a diverse workforce is not only the right thing to do--it's the smart thing to do for our business. It's clear to all of us that we still aren't where we want to be. There's more work to do".

Drilling down, 84% of Facebook's technical employees are male, 51% white and 43% Asian while 3% are Hispanic and 1% African-American. At the other end of the scale, 74% of senior-level management are male (an improvement on last year's 77%), of which 73% are white and 21% Asian. Yet again, Hispanic and African-Americans fare dismally making up just 3% and 2% respectively.

Overall 32% of Facebook's workforce is female with only 16% of the company's tech jobs held by women. Almost a quarter (23%) of senior leadership roles at the social network are held by women.

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Tags: diversity, Facebook, gender

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  • tryanotherexcuse

    maybe the jobs went to the most qualified. shouldn't jobs be earned? not given.

  • Rick

    Fuuny. My GF and I argue about racism all the time. She swears SF bay area is diverse and equal opportunity. High tech companies are diverse etc...

    Finally. She can see the evidence and I'm not some crazy Mexican with a story.

    But then. She has spent her entire life in Marin county. Living in a bubble.

    We here in SF bay area. Have a long way to go regarding race and equality.

    For some strange reason, white people still think themselves superior masters of the universe.
    I suppose when they get to pick and choose who makes it and who doesn't it's no surprise they make sure whites are heavily favored across the board.

    Proof is there for all to see. Not playing any race cards. Just stating the facts.

    2015. Wake up people.



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