When it comes to diversity, Google still has its work cut out for it. The search giant's fifth diversity report, released Thursday, reveals that the number of women and underrepresented minorities in the company's workforce has barely shifted during the past year.
The news comes just a week after Google's shareholders voted against a proposal to link executive pay with diversity goals. Here are some of the key findings from the report:
- Google's leadership is 74.5 percent male and 66.9 percent white.
- Google's percentage of female employees rose by just a 10th of a percent, to 30.9 percent.
- The percentage of Google's white employees dropped by 2 percentage points, to 53.1 percent.
- Asian workers rose more than a percentage point, to 36.3 percent.
- Black and Latino employees grew by a 10th of a percent, to 2.5 percent and 3.6 percent, respectively.
- Black workers left the company at far higher rates than other groups, followed by Latin workers. The attrition rate was lowest for Asian employees.
Google acknowledged it has more work to do on the diversity and gender front, but noted that during the past four years, the percentage of women in leadership roles has risen
from 20.8 percent to 25.5 percent. Last August, the company fired software engineer James Damore after he wrote in a memo that "biological reasons" might play a role in the lack of female representation in the tech workforce.
The underrepresentation of women in tech has been recognized across the industry, but studies have shown that unless diversity reports are released, employees tend to overestimate the diversity of the workforce.