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Google full of white men, doesn't employ ANY female executives from ethnic minorities

James Temperton
29 May 2014
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Google's US operation says it has a lot of work to do after lifting lid on its white, male dominated workforce

A staggering 70 per cent of Google employees in the US are male with black and Hispanic people making up just 5 per cent of the total workforce.

Speaking publicly about the lack of diversity in its ranks Google said it was "miles" from where it wanted to be.

Employee details released by Google for the first time reveal that 61 per cent of its workforce is white and 30 per cent Asian.

The figures are even more damning amongst the company's leadership, with men making up 79 per cent of Google's high-up employees. Google also revealed that 72 per cent of its leadership was white, with just 2 per cent black.

All the figures in Google's diversity report were gathered in January 2014 and only relate to its 26,559 US employees.

Google diversity overall

Overall employee diversity at Google

"We've always been reluctant to publish numbers about the diversity of our workforce at Google. We now realize we were wrong, and that it's time to be candid about the issues," said Laszlo Block, senior vice president of people operations at Google.

"Put simply, Google is not where we want to be when it comes to diversity."

Diversity gets even worse when Google jobs are split into technical and non-technical roles. In total 83 per cent of technical roles are held by men, with 60 per cent of all technical employees white. Data for non-technical roles reveals a more even 52-48 split between men and women respectively.

Google diversity leadership

Leadership employee diversity at Google

The actual figures behind the percentages reveal just how dominant white men are at the highest levels of Google.

In the US the company employees 36 people that the US government ranks as executives, senior officials or managers. Of those 21 are white men, 10 are Asian men, one is a mixed race man and three are white women.

The data shows that in the most senior positions Google employs no Asian women, no black women, no mixed-race women and no Hispanic men or women.

Google pointed to its numerous employee resource groups that seek to encourage diversity, but blamed the US education system for failing to provide enough female and ethnic minority graduates.

The company quoted figures that reveal only 18 per cent of all computer science degrees in the US are awarded to women, while black and Hispanic people make up less than 10 per cent of US college graduates and fewer than 5 per cent of degrees in computer science majors.

"We're the first to admit that Google is miles from where we want to be—and that being totally clear about the extent of the problem is a really important part of the solution," Google's Block concluded.

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