Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) might have to do some damage control in the coming days in the light of fresh revelations about diversity in its workforce. The Telegraph reports that the new diversity numbers reported by Facebook is disappointing.
Facebook has about 1.4B global users and the firm’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg has consistently promised to build a truly diversified workforce. However, the firm’s recent diversity count shows that Facebook has not made any significant stride towards meeting that promise.
Diversity By the Numbers
Globally, Facebook’s workforce is made up of 68% men and 32% women. The percentage of women working globally at Facebook increased 1% from last year. The number of men in tech jobs as Facebook is 84% dwarfing the 16% tech jobs that women handle at the firm.
The number of women in tech jobs increased by 1% from last year. More women than men are in non-tech jobs at Facebook at 52% in comparison to 48%. In senior leadership at Facebook, men occupy 77% while women occupy 23% of positions.
In U.S. ethnicity, the totality of Facebook’s workforce is filled with 55% white, 36% Asian, 4% Hispanic, 3% of mixed races, and 2% Blacks. In Tech jobs, Whites represent 51% of the workforce, Asians represent 43% of the workforce, Hispanics represent 3%, those with mixed races represent 2% and Blacks took 1%. In non-tech jobs, Whites are handling 62% of the positions, Asians take 24% of the job, Hispanics take 7% of the jobs, and Blacks handle 3% of the jobs.
In senior leadership positions, Whites are in 73% of the positions. Asians are in 21% of the positions, Hispanics were in 3% of the jobs and Blacks are in charge of 2% of the jobs.
Facebook Still Has a Long Way to Go
The strange part is that Facebook has increased its workforce by almost 40% when it added 2,897 employees to bring its total workforce to 10,082 in the last one year. Hence, the meager gains recorded in the number of positions handled by women and minorities doesn’t really add up. Facebook will need to do a harder job at bringing minorities on board if it wants to maintain its global reach and appeal.
Facebook seems to understand this when it said, “Cognitive diversity, or diversity of thought, matters because we are building a platform that currently serves 1.4 billion people around the world. It’s vital for us to have a broad range of perspectives, including people of different genders, races, ages, sexual orientations, characteristics and points of view. Having a diverse workforce is not only the right thing to do – it’s the smart thing to do for our business.”