Facebook makes little progress in race, gender diversity: report

Thu Jul 14, 2016 2:24pm EDT
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By Yasmeen Abutaleb and Sai Sachin R

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc's employees are still mainly white or Asian males as the world's largest social network made little progress in hiring a more diverse talent pool over the past year, it said on Thursday.

The findings in Facebook's annual diversity report reflects the scant progress made by Silicon Valley heavyweights in employing more women and minorities.

Last month, Alphabet Inc's Google released data on diversity, saying it had more black, Latino and female employees than last year, but still lagged its goal of mirroring the population.

Women represented 33 percent of Facebook's global workforce as of June 30, compared with 32 percent a year earlier, the report said. Women held 27 percent of senior leadership roles, up from 23 percent a year earlier. (bit.ly/29Vvr9W)

Facebook said 3 percent of its senior leadership in the United States was black, up from 2 percent a year earlier.

Among its U.S. technology workers, Facebook made no progress among two groups. In both 2015 and 2016, Hispanics made up 3 percent of tech employees while blacks made up 1 percent.

Facebook's overall U.S. workforce includes 4 percent of Latinos and 2 percent of blacks, unchanged from last year, the report said.

Asians represented 38 percent of Facebook's U.S. workforce and 21 percent of its senior leadership.   Continued...

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is seen on stage during a town hall at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, California September 27, 2015.  REUTERS/Stephen Lam/File Photo