After much public pressure, Facebook revealed the demographic data of its employees. Like many of its equally large tech companies, the company is made up largely of white and Asian men.
The report by Maxime Williams, the company’s Global Head of Diversity, states: “At Facebook, diversity is essential to achieving our mission.”
But the data tells a different story. Facebook’s numbers reveal that 57 percent of the company’s U.S. employees are white; the next largest segment is the 34 percent of employees that are Asian. Trailing behind in numbers are black and Hispanic employees, making up just 2 and 4 percent, respectively, of the company’s U.S. employee base.
Women make up just 31 percent of Facebook’s staff globally.
Things are thrown into starker relief when you look at senior staff at the company. The New York Times breaks it down further:
As with other Silicon Valley companies, Facebook’s management is more white and male than its workforce at large. Globally, 77 percent of senior level employees are men. And in the United States, 74 percent of the company’s managers are white, 19 percent Asian, 4 percent Hispanic, 2 percent black, and 1 percent of another ethnicity or two or more races.
Perhaps the biggest difference lies in the gender breakdown of men to women with technical jobs, an 87 to 15 percent breakdown.
The Times also notes that these numbers released by Facebook may be an impartial figure. Unlike other companies, Facebook has declined to release its EEO-1 report, which is an official document that has more detailed statistics.
Of course, Facebook isn’t alone in the nature of its diversity statistics. Google’s numbers aren’t so diverse either.
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