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Apple Discloses Data Showing More Diverse Workforce Than Peers

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 01:23 PM

Apple Inc. released data showing it is slightly more diverse than some of its Silicon Valley rivals, according to figures announced Tuesday.

Of the company’s 98,000 employees, 70 percent are white or Asian. Eleven percent of Apple’s workers are Hispanic, and 7 percent are black, closer to the national averages for the overall U.S. workforce than other technology companies. The company added that 30 percent of its workforce is female.

“Let me say up front: As CEO, I’m not satisfied with the numbers on this page,” wrote Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook in a blog post. “They’re not new to us, and we’ve been working hard for quite some time to improve them.”

The world’s most valuable company is the latest giant technology firm to report diversity numbers amid a debate about whether Silicon Valley firms are underrepresented in women and minority employees. Facebook Inc., Google Inc., eBay Inc., and others have also disclosed workforce information. The research has added fuel to the debate by showing workforces that are predominantly male and often white or Asian.

Last month, Cook said the iPhone maker planned to eventually release information about the diversity of its workforce, without giving a time frame. A group of shareholders has pressed Apple to diversify its leadership ranks and board, which has two female directors, including this month’s addition of BlackRock Inc. co-founder Sue Wagner.

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At Facebook, Google and Twitter, women make up about 30 percent of staff and blacks about 2 percent. At EBay, women are 42 percent of its staff and 7 percent of its U.S. employees are black, the company said last month.

Google helped start the recent spate of diversity reports when it unveiled its data about two months ago. Laszlo Bock, Google’s senior vice president of people operations, highlighted in a blog post the lack of qualified minority and female technology experts, citing a U.S. Department of Education study that found women earn just 18 percent of computer-science degrees in the U.S., and that blacks and Hispanics each collect fewer than 10 percent of computer-science degrees.

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Apple's high-paying technology jobs are primarily filled by white and Asian men, just like its industry peers.
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