Diversity among tech workers: How 11 well-known companies stack up

In 2014, these companies opened up about the percentage of their technology workforce which are women or minorities

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The tech industry has a well-known problem with a lack of diversity among those working in the industry. Women and minorities have been underrepresented for years at tech companies and particularly among those in technology roles at those firms. The good news is that, after years of denial and evasion, the industry seems to be starting to acknowledge the difference in the gender and racial distribution of its employees versus that of the general population and labor force. In 2014, a number of well-known tech companies went public with diversity data about their total workforce and about their tech workers specifically.

If, as they say, admitting you have a problem is the first step towards recovery, this may be a sign that change is coming. Use the navigation buttons above to see 11 technology companies that have taken that first step by sharing data on the diversity of their tech workers.

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The Microsoft logo on the outside of a building.
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Microsoft

Total number of employees: 128,076

Gender% Tech workers% All employees% U.S. labor force
Male 83% 71% 53%
Female 17% 29% 47%

 

Race/Ethnicity% Tech workers% All employees% U.S. labor force
White 57% 61% 65%
Black 2% 4% 11%
Asian 35% 29% 6%
Hispanic 4% 5% 16%
Other 2% 2% 2%

 

Data sources: Microsoft, U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Notes: Gender data is percentage of global workforce, race/ethnicity data is percentage of U.S. workforce. In company-reported data “Other” race/ethnicity can include people of two or more races and those who are undeclared. Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding errors.

A logo of Apple.
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Apple

Total number of employees: 80,000

Gender% Tech workers% All employees% U.S. labor force
Male 80% 70% 53%
Female 20% 30% 47%

 

Race/Ethnicity% Tech workers% All employees% U.S. labor force
White 54% 55% 65%
Black 6% 7% 11%
Asian 23% 15% 6%
Hispanic 7% 11% 16%
Other 10% 12% 2%

 

Data sources: Apple, U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Notes: Gender data is percentage of global workforce, race/ethnicity data is percentage of U.S. workforce. In company-reported data “Other” race/ethnicity can include people of two or more races and those who are undeclared. Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding errors.

The Cisco logo is displayed at the technology company's campus.
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Cisco

Total number of employees: 72,240

Gender% Tech workers% All employees% U.S. labor force
Male 85% 77% 53%
Female 15% 23% 47%

 

Race/Ethnicity% Tech workers% All employees% U.S. labor force
White 43% 54% 65%
Black 3% 3% 11%
Asian 49% 36% 6%
Hispanic 4% 5% 16%
Other 1% 1% 2%

 

Data sources: Cisco, U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Notes: Gender data is percentage of global workforce, race/ethnicity data is percentage of U.S. workforce. In company-reported data “Other” race/ethnicity can include people of two or more races and those who are undeclared. Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding errors.

People are silhouetted as they pose with laptops in front of a screen projected with a Google logo.
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Google

Total number of employees: 51,564

Gender% Tech workers% All employees% U.S. labor force
Male 83% 70% 53%
Female 17% 30% 47%

 

Race/Ethnicity% Tech workers% All employees% U.S. labor force
White 60% 61% 65%
Black 1% 2% 11%
Asian 34% 30% 6%
Hispanic 2% 3% 16%
Other 4% 5% 2%

 

Data sources: Google, U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Notes: Gender data is percentage of global workforce, race/ethnicity data is percentage of U.S. workforce. Hispanics can be of any race, so race/ethnicity percentages can add up to more than 100%. In company-reported data “Other” race/ethnicity can include people of two or more races and those who are undeclared. Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding errors.

An eBay sign is seen at an office building.
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eBay

Total number of employees: 31,800

Gender% Tech workers% All employees% U.S. labor force
Male 76% 58% 53%
Female 24% 42% 47%

 

Race/Ethnicity% Tech workers% All employees% U.S. labor force
White 40% 61% 65%
Black 2% 7% 11%
Asian 55% 24% 6%
Hispanic 2% 5% 16%
Other 2% 2% 2%

 

Data sources: eBay, U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Notes: Gender data is percentage of global workforce, race/ethnicity data is percentage of U.S. workforce. In company-reported data “Other” race/ethnicity can include people of two or more races and those who are undeclared. Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding errors.

A Yahoo logo is pictured in front of a building.
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Yahoo

Total number of employees: 12,300

Gender% Tech workers% All employees% U.S. labor force
Male 85% 62% 53%
Female 15% 37% 47%

 

Race/Ethnicity% Tech workers% All employees% U.S. labor force
White 35% 50% 65%
Black 1% 2% 11%
Asian 57% 39% 6%
Hispanic 3% 4% 16%
Other 3% 4% 2%

 

Data sources: Yahoo, U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Notes: Gender data is percentage of global workforce, race/ethnicity data is percentage of U.S. workforce. In company-reported data “Other” race/ethnicity can include people of two or more races and those who are undeclared. Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding errors.

People are silhouetted as they pose with mobile devices in front of a screen projected with a Facebo
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Facebook

Total number of employees: 8,348

Gender% Tech workers% All employees% U.S. labor force
Male 85% 69% 53%
Female 15% 31% 47%

 

Race/Ethnicity% Tech workers% All employees% U.S. labor force
White 53% 57% 65%
Black 1% 2% 11%
Asian 41% 34% 6%
Hispanic 3% 4% 16%
Other 2% 3% 2%

 

Data sources: Facebook, U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Notes: Gender data is percentage of global workforce, race/ethnicity data is percentage of U.S. workforce. In company-reported data “Other” race/ethnicity can include people of two or more races and those who are undeclared. Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding errors.

The logo for LinkedIn Corporation.
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LinkedIn

Total number of employees: 6,000

Gender% Tech workers% All employees% U.S. labor force
Male 83% 61% 53%
Female 17% 39% 47%

 

Race/Ethnicity% Tech workers% All employees% U.S. labor force
White 34% 53% 65%
Black 1% 2% 11%
Asian 60% 38% 6%
Hispanic 3% 4% 16%
Other 2% 3% 2%

 

Data sources: LinkedIn, U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Notes: Gender data is percentage of global workforce, race/ethnicity data is percentage of U.S. workforce. In company-reported data “Other” race/ethnicity can include people of two or more races and those who are undeclared. Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding errors.

A portrait of the Twitter logo.
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Twitter

Total number of employees: 3,600

Gender% Tech workers% All employees% U.S. labor force
Male 90% 70% 53%
Female 10% 30% 47%

 

Race/Ethnicity% Tech workers% All employees% U.S. labor force
White 58% 59% 65%
Black 1% 2% 11%
Asian 34% 29% 6%
Hispanic 3% 3% 16%
Other 4% 7% 2%

 

Data sources: Twitter, U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Notes: Gender data is percentage of global workforce, race/ethnicity data is percentage of U.S. workforce. In company-reported data “Other” race/ethnicity can include people of two or more races and those who are undeclared. Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding errors.

The Pandora building.
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Pandora

Total number of employees: 1,069

Gender% Tech workers% All employees% U.S. labor force
Male 82% 51% 53%
Female 18% 49% 47%

 

Race/Ethnicity% Tech workers% All employees% U.S. labor force
White 62% 71% 65%
Black 3% 3% 11%
Asian 26% 12% 6%
Hispanic 4% 7% 16%
Other 5% 7% 2%

 

Data sources: Pandora, U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Notes: Gender data is percentage of global workforce, race/ethnicity data is percentage of U.S. workforce. In company-reported data “Other” race/ethnicity can include people of two or more races and those who are undeclared. Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding errors.

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Indiegogo

Total number of employees: 85

Gender% Tech workers% All employees% U.S. labor force
Male 67% 55% 53%
Female 33% 45% 47%

 

Race/Ethnicity% Tech workers% All employees% U.S. labor force
White 59% 64% 65%
Black 0% 2% 11%
Asian 29% 23% 6%
Hispanic 6% 8% 16%
Other 6% 3% 2%

 

Data sources: IndiegogoU.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Notes: Gender data is percentage of global workforce, race/ethnicity data is percentage of U.S. workforce. In company-reported data “Other” race/ethnicity can include people of two or more races and those who are undeclared. Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding errors.