Google's shocking lack of workforce diversity: just 30% women & 2% black people

Tech goliath Google’s staff is 70% male and 61% white, new figures have shown.

The tech giant said 2% of its employees are black, 3% are Hispanic, and 30% are women.

Only 21% of leadership positions at the company are held by women and only 17% of technology-specific jobs positions are held by women.

“We’ve always been reluctant to publish numbers about the diversity of our workforce at Google. We now realize we were wrong, and that it’s time to be candid about the issues,” wrote Laszlo Bock, senior vice president of people operations at Google.

“Put simply, Google is not where we want to be when it comes to diversity, and it’s hard to address these kinds of challenges if you’re not prepared to discuss them openly, and with the facts.”

Bock went on to say that Google is “miles from where we want to be” and is making efforts to tackle the diversity issue. The firm has donated more than $40m (£24m) to groups that work towards encouraging women to study computer science.

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