The fifth annual diversity report also shows ‘dismal’ improvement in hiring minorities and women.
For the first time, Google’s report provided data on attrition, or how many people left the company, with rates for black and Latinx employees being the highest in 2017.
‘A clear low light, obviously, in the data is the attrition for black and Latinx men and women in the U.S.,’ Google’s chief diversity and inclusion officer Danielle Brown told TechCrunch.
‘That’s an area where we’re going to be laser-focused,’ she added.
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Google published its fifth annual diversity memo and few are happy with the results. From a broad viewpoint, the search giant is still predominantly male and white
Google bumped the percentage of its female employees up by a tenth of a percentage point to 30.9 percent. Black and Latino workers grew a tenth of a per cent to 2.5 and 3.6 per cent
This marks Google’s first diversity report since former employee James Damore was fired from the company for circulating a controversial memo that said gender differences were the reason behind the lack of female engineers at the company.
Google’s black and Hispanic employees make up 2.5 per cent and 3.6 per cent of US employees and 53.1 per cent of employees are white, according to the report.
‘Attrition rates in 2017 were highest for Black Googlers followed by Latinx Googlers, and lowest for Asian Googlers,’ the report said.
‘Black Googler attrition rates, while improving in recent years, have offset some of our hiring gains, which has led to smaller increases in representation than we would have seen otherwise. We’re working hard to better understand what drives higher attrition and taking focused measures to improve it.’
GOOGLE’S DIVERSITY REPORT: BY THE NUMBERS
Google released its annual diversity report this week.
Here’s the state of its diversity and inclusion efforts:
Females make up 30.9% of the company, while 69.1% of the workforce is male
- 53.1% of employees are white
- 36.3% of employees are Asian
- 2.5% of employees are Black
- 3.6% of employees are Latinx
- 0.3% of employees are Native American
- 4.2% of employees are two or more races
In the diversity report, Google acknowledges it has some more work to do.
‘The data in this report shows that despite significant effort, and some pockets of success, we need to do more to achieve our desired diversity and inclusion outcomes,’ Google’s chief diversity and inclusion officer Danielle Brown said in a statement.
‘We care deeply about improving workforce representation and creating an inclusive culture for everyone’
‘While we’re moving in the right direction, we are determined to accelerate progress,’ she added.
However, the company has made incremental improvements in hiring more women in leadership roles, as well as in hiring more females overall.
Brown noted that Google is making ‘some changes’ to how it deals with diversity and inclusion at the company, saying Google plans to focus not just on hiring more employees from underrepresented groups, but also fostering a company-wide culture of inclusivity.
Google bumped the percentage of its female employees up by a tenth of a percentage point to 30.9 per cent.
Despite falling more than 2 per cent, white workers remained the majority at 53.1 per cent, while Asians grew more than a percentage point to 36.3 per cent.
Black and Latino workers grew a tenth of a per cent to 2.5 and 3.6 per cent in 2018.
Additionally, 0.3 per cent of Google’s US employees are Native American, while 4.2 per cent are two or more races among its US employees.
Women appear to be leaving the company at a lower rate than men overall.
While the firm made some strides in its diversity and inclusion goals, Brown said the challenges will take time to solve, adding that they’re ‘systemic.’
For the first time, Google also provided data on attrition, or how many people left the company, with women leaving the company at a lower rate than men overall
‘You know as well as we do that it’s a long game. Do we ever get to good? I don’t know,’ Brown told TechCrunch.
‘I’m optimistic we’ll continue to make progress. It’s not a challenge we’ll solve over night. It’s quite systemic’
‘Despite doing it for a long time, my team and I remain really optimistic that this is possible,’ she added.
The comments come a week after shareholders voted down proposals to study linking executive pay to diversity goals as it grapples with ongoing lawsuits over gender discrimination.
Alphabet argued that the executive compensation proposal wouldn’t have any meaningful impact, according to Gizmodo.
Still, shareholders including Zevin Asset Management said Google’s failure to address diversity and inclusion issues could create risks for its parent company Alphabet.