Apple has released its diversity numbers for 2015, noting a number of improvements while acknowledging that there is still much work to be done. Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, said in part:
As you can see, we're working hard to expand our recruiting efforts so we continue hiring talented people from groups that are currently underrepresented in our industry. We're supporting education with programs like the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to help students at historically black colleges and universities find opportunities in technology. ConnectED is bringing our technology to some of the most economically disadvantaged schools and communities in the United States, so more people have the opportunity to pursue their dreams. We're also hosting hundreds of students at our annual developer conference, and we're setting up new programs to help students learn to code.
We are proud of the progress we've made, and our commitment to diversity is unwavering. But we know there is a lot more work to be done.
Those numbers include 11,000 women hired in the last year across the world, up 65% from 2014. Also, in the U.S., 2,200 more black employees hired, a yearly increase of 50%, and 2,700 Hispanic and Latino employees, a 66% increase.
While it's good that there's been some progress, its important that Apple points out it still has a long way to go. For instance, in 2014, Apple reported that 70% of its overall workforce was male, with 30% female. This year, those numbers are 69% and 31%, respectively. In tech, the numbers were 79% and 22% (?), a change from 80% and 20% last year. Leadership was unchanged at 72% and 28% respectively.
Additionally, 55% of the company's U.S. employees were reported as white in 2014, while that number in 2015 is 54%. That's thousands of people in terms of raw numbers, but the single-digit percentages of blacks and hispanics in leadership roles are still roughly half the already low overall numbers.
Apple's 2014 EEO-1 report has also been made available for download.
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