Apple Increases Workforce Diversity but Still Has Room for Improvement

A recent report from Apple suggests the company is making strong progress towards expanding diversity in its workforce.

Apple Hired 65 Percent More Women in 2015

Apple’s annual Diversity Report shows some impressive numbers when looking at pure percentages. Over the past twelve months, Apple has hired 65 percent more women, 50 percent more blacks, and 66 percent more Latinos.

“This represents the largest group of employees we’ve ever hired from underrepresented groups in a single year,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook in a corresponding letter.

Taking a look at pure numbers, that equates to 11,000 women, 2,200 blacks, and 2,700 Hispanics – still impressive numbers. However, Apple employs over 110,000 people, which means the company still has a large amount of ground to cover if it wants to continue strengthening the diversity of its workforce.

Apple’s Workforce is Still Predominantly Made Up of White Males

After taking a look at the landscape of Apple’s entire workforce, the picture doesn’t change much. White males still dominate the workforce, and things begin to look more bleak going up the ladder.

According to the same Diversity Report, 79 percent of white males are either engineers or programmers, and white males make up 54 percent of the total workforce (down from 55 percent in 2014). When it comes to Asian men, 78 percent are engineers or programmers, but only make up 18 percent of the workforce (up from 14 percent in 2014).

Apple Admits There is Still Much to be Done

Progress is progress, and Apple openly admits that they’re not done yet.

“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 do,” said Cook.

Expanding workforce diversity isn’t just an Apple problem. Many other major tech companies are making progress in expanding their workforce as well. In the past six months, 43 percent of Intel’s new hires have been women, and Google reported that 21 percent of its new hires have been women. By comparison, Apple is making great progress in expanding the culture in its workforce.


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