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Apple's 2016 Diversity Report: Slight Uptick In Female Hires

Apple released its 2016 diversity figures this week, revealing a slight increase in the number of woman tech workers it's added to its workforce mix during the past year. The company is also making efforts to increase its overall diversity.

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Apple released its 2016 diversity results this week, which showed a slight improvement in the percentage of women tech workers the company has hired over the past year. The report also showed how it's planning to add more minorities to its workforce in the future.

The Apple report is the latest sign that the tech industry is making incremental progress toward improving its low diversity numbers. However, more efforts are called for, as noted by the Anita Borg Institute, which plans to hold its Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference in October.

"Diversity is more than any one gender, race or ethnicity. It's richly representative of all people, all backgrounds, and all perspectives. It is the entire human experience," Denise Young Smith, Apple's vice president of worldwide human resources, wrote on the company's website.

As of June, Apple reported 32% of its global workforce is made up of women, up from 31% in 2015. Within its tech department, 23% of employees are female, compared to 22% a year ago.

(Image: Christian Mueller/iStockphoto)

(Image: Christian Mueller/iStockphoto)

Although Apple has shown improvement in the percentage of women it employs in tech, it is still less than the national average of 36% for women in tech, according to 2014 figures from the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Although it appears at first glance that the percentage of minorities Apple employs has increased year-over-year, it turns out the computer maker eliminated its "undeclared" category for 2016. This makes an apples-to-apples comparison difficult when trying to calculate changes in the number of minorities employed by the company.

For 2016, Apple’s tech department was 55% white, 27% Asian, 8% Black, 8% Hispanic, 2% multiracial, and 1% reported as other.

[Read more about how Microsoft and Facebook are looking to pay women equally.]

In 2015, the company's ethnic composition in its tech department was 53% white, 25% Asian, 7% Black, 8% Hispanic, 2% multiracial, 1% other, and 5% undeclared.

While it’s difficult to compare the year-to-year changes in Apple's ethnic diversity, perhaps a more telling figure is what the company is doing with its hiring in relation to its current workforce.

Of all of Apple's US hires in the past 12 months as of June, 27% were underrepresented minorities, and 37% were women.

Apple also has a collection of diversity network associations, which it notes on its website has existed for decades. These groups include [email protected], Apple Asian Association, Apple Muslim Association, and [email protected]

Dawn Kawamoto is an Associate Editor for Dark Reading, where she covers cybersecurity news and trends. She is an award-winning journalist who has written and edited technology, management, leadership, career, finance, and innovation stories for such publications as CNET's ... View Full Bio

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Azathoth
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8/12/2016 | 11:21:39 AM
Re: Apple's Version of Diversity: Genius Bar vs. Executive Positions
Corporations only consider diversity to apply to the pleb level.
Technocrati
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8/8/2016 | 2:09:05 PM
Apple's Version of Diversity: Genius Bar vs. Executive Positions

What about minorities in the the executive ranks ?   Apparently the numbers are so low that a report can not even be generated.  

Technocrati
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8/8/2016 | 1:30:05 PM
Apple's Diversity Networks

"....Apple also has a collection of diversity network associations, which it notes on its website has existed for decades"

 

 

Oh really ?   Where is the one for African Americans ?    

Technocrati
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8/8/2016 | 1:27:08 PM
Diversity and Apple, Apple, Apple

Honestly these numbers don't look much different from the last Diversity Report from Apple.  While it is great the women have made some small strides, what about the rest ?

Still looking for Cook to provide leadership in this area, looks like I will be waiting a long time.

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