Progress is truly in the eye of the beholder. While some people may see America’s current standing as progress from a year under the Obama administration, others may see it as a step back from previous accomplishments. Regardless of what side you take, we can all agree that your perception of Apple’s recent diversity numbers are based on your previous understanding of diversity. In my opinion the recent diversity numbers under Apple are moving in the right direction. When compared to other Tech companies, Apple easily sits among the top of the industry which is another plus. Yes, the company can improve, but again, the numbers are not bad.
To begin, the workplace diversity numbers are as of July 2017 and encompass its 130,000 worldwide employees (83,000 of which are located in the United States). These numbers were presented by TechCrunch:
- 32 percent female worldwide
- In the U.S., Apple is 54 percent white (down two percentage points from last year), 13 percent Hispanic (up one percentage point), 9 percent black (no change), 21 percent Asian (up two percentage points), 3 percent multiracial (up one percentage point) and one percent other (no change)
- From July 2016 to July 2017, Apple says half of its new hires in the U.S. were from historically underrepresented groups in tech (women, black, Hispanic, Native American, Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander).
- For example, 11 percent of Apple’s new hires were black compared to its current black employee population of 9 percent.
- Apple’s major diversity gains have been in lower paying retail roles
- 18 percent of Apple’s retail employee base is Hispanic, 13 percent are black, 7 percent are Asian and 57 percent are white.
- At the leadership level, men make up 71 percent of the leaders at Apple worldwide. And white people make up 66 percent of the leaders at Apple in the U.S. Only 3 percent of Apple’s leaders in the U.S. are are black, only 7 percent are Hispanic and just 1 percent are multi-racial
Diversity is a hard shell to crack, but nonetheless the numbers presented again are not terrible. Obviously within leadership growth should happen, but if diverse candidates are retained and promoted this problem should solve itself over time. We will see as we progress but for now, Apple is among the better Tech firms in diversity.