Facebook joins Google in revealing diversity numbers

Facebook joins Google in revealing diversity numbers

Facebook has become the latest tech company to share data on the diversity of its employees, following Google and Yahoo’s recent release of workforce diversity data.

Posting its diversity statistics online for the first time, the social media giant’s global figures show 69% of its workforce is made up of men, almost mirroring Google’s 70% male workforce.

At the global leadership level, 77% of Facebook's workforce is male, and 23% female.

In terms of ethnicity, 57% of the tech giant’s employees are white, 34% Asian, 4% Hispanic, 3% black and 3% two or more races – securing the company’s status as slightly more diverse than its Silicon Valley counterparts.

A speaker at the Economist’s Talent Management 2014 summit yesterday, Facebook’s Global Head of Diversity Maxine Williams stated: “We are hopeful that those numbers released last night are just the beginning.”

Speaking exclusively to HRGrapevine, Williams explained why Facebook had chosen now to release the data.

“We had always wanted to move towards more transparency for the purpose of increasing diversity, because if people have more information we can get more people involved in making solutions to problems,” she commented.

The new figures showed that among the company's tech workers, 85% are male, despite rising numbers of female tech graduates – suggesting that women are still facing a wall when it comes to entering into the technology sector.

Williams explained that while Facebook has no timeline of statistical aims in terms of diversity, they want to be “as representative as can be” going forward.

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