Apple diversity largely unchanged despite new hires

Apple diversity largely unchanged despite new hires
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Representation at Apple among black, Hispanic and female employees is almost unchanged from one year ago, according to the company’s latest diversity report.

Black employees still make up 9 percent of Apple’s workforce, compared to roughly 12 percent of the total U.S. population. Thirteen percent of Apple’s employees are Hispanic, compared to 17 percent of the general population.

Last year, the numbers for black and Hispanic Apple workers were 9 percent and 12 percent, respectively.

Apple did report small increases in hiring of both groups compared to its current racial demographics. Black individuals made up 11 percent of the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant's hires over the past year, and Hispanic individuals 15 percent.

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Women make up 32 percent of the company, unchanged from 2016. The company has increased the number of women in its staff by 2 percentage points over the past three years.

The company did report a 2-percentage point increase among Asian workers over the past year and has slightly increased its hiring of Asian individuals at the company.

Asian employees are also slightly better represented among the company’s leadership. The group made up 23 percent of Apple’s leadership in 2017, compared to 21 percent in 2016.

Black and Hispanic employees make up small portions of the company’s leadership, which hasn’t changed much over the past several years. Hispanic leadership at Apple remained at 7 percent, unchanged from 2016, and black leadership sits at 3 percent — a number that hasn't increased in the last four years.

Apple’s report comes one month after members of the Congressional Black Caucus traveled to Silicon Valley to advocate for increased representation of minority workers.

Lawmakers said that in most cases, they were frustrated with responses they received from companies who, in their view, were only paying lip service to diversity, not taking substantive action.  

Across Silicon Valley, many tech firms have struggled to increase their numbers of employees of color and women at their firms, despite promises to do so. Across the industry, representation of black and Hispanic employees has actually decreased.