Written By: Thomas Ricker 20/8/15
Last week Apple finally released the Equal Employment Opportunity report detailing the diversity of its US workforce. The so-called EEO-1 accompanied Apple’s second diversity report with a note meant to discredit the validity of the government-mandated data. “The EEO-1 has not kept pace with changes in industry or the American workforce over the past half century,” reads the Apple diversity page. “We believe the information we report elsewhere on this site is a far more accurate reflection of our progress toward diversity.”Google, Facebook, and Microsoft describe similar inadequacies in their EEO-1 reports.
It’s true that a form which categorizes software engineers as “professionals” and hygienists as “technicians” doesn’t make a lot of sense for companies rooted in technology. But the report’s top-level summary and leadership breakout do provide insight into each company’s overall diversity in terms of both gender and race / ethnicity.
Better yet, since we also have the 2014 EEO-1 reports from Twitter, Intel, Facebook, andAmazon we can do an Apple’s-to-apples comparison across much of the industry. The Equal Employment Opportunity report might be flawed, but at least it’s the same imperfect metric applied consistently across all companies.
But first, a baseline.
US race / ethnicity statistics from the most recent US census (2010). White, Black, Asian, and other groupings identified as non-Hispanic or Latino.
In 2010, the last time a census was conducted, the US was 16 percent Hispanic or Latino, 64 percent White (non-Hispanic or Latino), 12 percent Black or African American (non-Hispanic or Latino), 4.6 percent Asian (non-Hispanic or Latino), and 3 percent “other” (people of two or more races, American Indians or Alaskans, and native Hawaiians or Pacific Islanders).
In terms of gender, the US population consisted of more women than men: 49.2 percent male (151,781,326), 50.8 percent female (156,964,212) — but women comprised just 47 percent of the US labor force.
So, how do the US tech companies we sampled compare? Click the “show me” buttons across the top of the chart below to sort by gender and race / ethnicity.