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Google admits it struggles with diversity



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On Wednesday, Google’s vice president of people operations

According to the figures released, a majority of Google’s US workforce seems to be made up of white men. To be exact, 70% of the global payroll are men and 61% of US staff are white.

Other ethnicities which constitute their US workforce include Asians (30%), employees who are of two of more races (4%), Hispanics (3%), and Blacks (2%). ‘Other’ made up less than 1%.

However, don’t be too quick to start blaming the tech giant for having discriminatory hiring practices.

Bock wrote there are several reasons the company struggles to employ women and minorities, and the problem likely stems from education opportunities.

“For example, women earn roughly 18% of all computer science degrees in the United States. Blacks and Hispanics make up under 10% of U.S. college grads and collect fewer than 5% of degrees in CS (computer science) majors, respectively,” he said. “So we’ve invested a lot of time and energy in education.”

These efforts included revamping Howard University’s Intro to CS curriculum, and investing “more than US$40 million to organisations working to bring computer science education to women and girls”.

“And we’ve been working with historically black colleges and universities to elevate coursework and attendance in computer science,” Bock added.

“But we’re the first to admit that Google is miles from where we want to be — and that being totally clear about the extent of the problem is a really important part of the solution. ”

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