Diversity in Tech: Facebook Publishes Diversity Report & White Men Lead Senior Levels of Social Network Company
Facebook's Global Head of Diversity Maxine Williams published the company's diversity figures. She stated diversity is "essential" to achieving Facebook's mission.
"We build products to connect the world, and this means we need a team that understands and reflects many different communities, backgrounds and cultures," Williams said.
The company's global head of diversity recognized diverse teams are proven to better solve "complex" issues and "enjoy more dynamic" working environments.
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"So at Facebook we're serious about building a workplace that reflects a broad range of experience, thought, geography, age, background, gender, sexual orientation, language, culture and many other characteristics," Williams said.
Facebook released diversity figures for several categories: all of Facebook, tech, non-tech and senior-level staff.
All of Facebook — Gender and Ethnicity:
Across the entire company, men represent 69 percent of the workforce, while women are 31 percent of global employees.
The ethnicities of Facebook's overseas employees were not disclosed, but the company did reveal statistics for its U.S. workforce. In the U.S., whites are on top with 57 percent ahead of Asian's 34 percent. The white and Asian ethnicities are the only two in double digits. Hispanics trailed at 4 percent, which was sufficient for third place. U.S. employees with two or more races outnumbered the black employees with 3 percent to 2 percent.
For the social network's global tech division, the percentage for men increased to 85 percent. Women accounted for 15 percent.
Ethnicities for the global workforce were not revealed. In the U.S., the gap between whites and Asians narrowed, but the former maintained a double-digit lead. Whites represented 53 percent of the U.S. tech sector, while Asians garnered 41 percent of the workforce. Hispanics maintained their third place position with 3 percent. Employees with two or more races reached 2 percent. Blacks were fifth with 1 percent.
In the non-tech sector of Facebook, the gender cap narrowed with a difference of 6 percentage points. Men managed to surpass women with 53 percent to 47 percent.
As with previous categories, ethnicity on Facebook's global workforce was not disclosed. In the U.S., the white ethnicity expanded its lead with 63 percent of the workforce. Asians secured their double-digit representation with 24 percent. For Hispanics, the employee rate increased to 6 percent. Two or more races also improved to 4 percent, while blacks maintained at 2 percent.
Finally, the worldwide senior level of Facebook showed more men employed than women — 77 percent to 23 percent.
In the U.S., whites saw their highest peak with 74 percent. Asians maintained second place with 19 percent. Hispanics at the senior level accounted for 4 percent. Blacks finally topped two or more races with 2 percent and 1 percent, respectively.
According to Williams, the diversity report statistics revealed Facebook has "more work to do" but stated an improved effort has begun.
"Diversity is something that we're treating as everyone's responsibility at Facebook, and the challenge of finding qualified but underrepresented candidates is one that we're addressing as part of a strategic effort across Facebook. Since our strategic diversity team launched last year, we're already seeing improved new hire figures and lower attrition rates for underrepresented groups," Williams said.
Several programs are in the works with Facebook with the aim to increase the overall "pool of talent" from underrepresented communities. One effort is the expansion of "Facebook University," an internship program focused on undergraduate college freshmen from minority groups. Facebook announced partnerships with programs, such as Code 2040, Girls Who Code, National Society of Black Engineers and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and Management Leadership for Tomorrow.
Facebook's diversity workforce report comes days after LinkedIn published its data. Credit has been given to Google for the recent influx of companies publishing its statistics after the search-engine company released its diversity report in May.
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