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LinkedIn's zooming in on diversity to show it is struggling with diversity in offices globally like Google

LinkedIn not happy with its own workforce diversity statistics



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Following Google’s recent admission that its employee population is not as diverse as it should be, social networking platform LinkedIn has also disclosed statistics about the diversity of its workplace.

In a blog post, Pat Wadors, LinkedIn’s vice president of global talent, revealed women make up only 31% of the company’s global employee population.

More than six out of 10 (61%) of LinkedIn’s employees worldwide are male.

“Over the past few years, we’ve experienced tremendous growth and have become a truly global company, but in terms of overall diversity, we have some work to do,” Wadors stated in her post.

She added room for improvement also exists when it comes to racial diversity in the company’s American offices.

While a little more than half (53%) of LinkedIn employees in the United States are white, 38% of LinkedIn’s American workforce identifies as Asian, 4% as Hispanic and 2% as black.

LinkedIn said legal complexities in other countries prevent it from accurately reporting the ethnicity of its workers outside the US.

“While it’s easy for tech companies, like LinkedIn, to form partnerships with organisations that can promote a more balanced workplace diversity, there is a cycle of responsibility associated with transparency,” Wadors said.

“This is why we thought it important to publish our own numbers regarding diversity at LinkedIn – to better ensure this accountability.”

The blog post also included a series of initiatives that the company is taking to help with diversity issues in the workplace.

These included programmes such as DevelopHer, an annual women’s hackday designed to engage and support women in the technology industry and institutes such as the Management Leadership for Tomorrow, a career development institution designed to equip high potential African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans with the key ingredients to develop further.

“Our goal is to improve over time and to make a lasting change at LinkedIn. Let’s challenge each other to make it a more inclusive world in which we work,” Wadors concluded.

[READ MORE: Google admits it struggles with diversity]

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