Apple today released the 2016 edition of its annual report on inclusion and diversity, and the figures shown bring a good path for the company in the sense of representing minorities and socio-racial plurality within Cupertino.
According to data collected in June this year, Apple today comprises 56% of white employees (an increase of 2% compared to last year), 19% of Asians (decrease of 1%), 12% of Hispanics (increase of 1 %) and 9% of blacks (1% increase). In the field of gender, women now represent 32% of Ma's workforce, meaning an increase of 1% over last year. Among technical positions, this percentage is 23% (an increase of 1% also) and, in leadership positions, they are only 28% (index that remained unchanged).
Speaking exclusively of contracts made in the last 12 months, 37% of them were from women. In the United States, 27% of last year's hires were from underrepresented minorities, a healthy increase of 6% over the previous year. With that, guarantees Apple, the company is working to end the gender pay gap.
Compared to some of its biggest competitors, Apple is doing very well in this regard. Google, for example, sees Hispanics and blacks representing, respectively, 1% and 3% of its workforce; Facebook, in turn, sees these figures at respective 2% and 4%. In both companies, the year-on-year progress was minimal.
Who really liked Ma's advances was Reverend Jesse Jackson, a political activist and a staunch supporter of the appreciation of minorities in Silicon Valley who has even criticized and praised Apple on other occasions. In a statement, he stated:
They are clearly setting the pace, making remarkable progress over the past three years. They acted with intent, not just aspiration.
They are just warm numbers, but there is certainly still a long way to go. Come on, Apple!
(via The Loop