A recent report from Google on diversity in hiring states that hiring has increased among workforce segments such as women, Black+ and Latinx+ groups (The report uses the “plus system” because multiracial people are “plus-ed in” to each racial category they identify with).
The hiring of women rose to 33.2% globally and to 34.9% in the U.S., Black+ and Latinx+ hires increased to 4.8% and 6.8%, respectively, in the U.S.
In 2018, global hires of women in the tech sector increased to 25.7%, continuing the positive trend we’ve seen since 2015. In this four-year period, the hiring of women in tech has increased from 22.1% to 25.7%. In the United States, hiring of women increased to 51.6%—”the single biggest year-over-year shift for any underrepresented group within this data set”.
The proportion of women leadership hires decreased, according to the same report. In the United States, women leadership hires decreased to 26.0% and to 25.9% globally. Latinx+ leadership hires increased to 5.1%, while Black+ leadership hires decreased to 3.6%.
The first report from Google of its kind was released in 2014 and an updated version has been published every year since. Although there is a lot of progress to be made, Google’s commitment is to increase diversity in the tech industry. Many other tech companies are following its example: Ada Developers Academy (an intensive software developer training school for anyone who identifies as female; the program is tuition-free and targeted at those who have a strong passion for technology but no formal programming training), Other Machine Co. (its tech staff is split 50-50 between men and women), ZestFinance (two of the company’s 10 principles center on diversity).
Senior Vice President Hiroshi Lockheimer at Google argues that diversity is a business solution.
Statistics say that 57% of recruiters have strategies to attract diverse candidates.
Diversity in hiring can make a difference in the long-term vision of a company, and among the benefits, we can name: multicultural employees bring a unique perspective to the workplace, competitive and healthy environment, learning opportunities and improved customer service.
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