Thursday, June 19, 2014

At Google and LinkedIn, 91% of Employees are White or Asian, Where Blacks?

The Silicon Valley workforce is overwhelmingly white and Asian, according to newly released corporate reports.

Yahoo, Google and LinkedIn recently revealed the racial breakdown of their workers, joining longtime providers of the data Intel and Hewlett-Packard.


The figures show the five companies employ relatively few blacks and Hispanics, and even fewer in managerial or engineering jobs. At both Google and LinkedIn, whites and people of Asian descent make up 91% of the workforce, while Hispanics, blacks and people of other races fill the other 9%.

Many other tech companies don’t disclose the numbers, which must be reported to the federal government but don’t need to be disclosed. Despite a plea at its shareholder meeting from Rev. Jesse Jackson, Facebook recently declined to release the numbers, though operating chief Sheryl Sandberg said Facebook will release a report soon, according to reports. Oracle, eBay, Microsoft and Twitter declined to release the numbers or didn’t respond to inquiries.

The reports also reveal disparities based on the types of work employees do. Yahoo says people of Asian descent make up 57% of its U.S. “tech” workers, but only 24% of “non-tech” workers and 17% in “leadership.”

When women who aren’t white or Asian do show up in the workforce reports, the roles they fill are often subordinate. At Intel, Google and LinkedIn, women who aren’t white or Asian make up 2% of middle managers, but 16% of administrative support workers.

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