Google has released its annual diversity report which reveals a minor increase in the hiring of women, black and Latinx in 2018 and an increase in overall representation of these groups in 2019.
The company’s women hires increased from 31.3% in 2017 to 33.2% in 2018. The percentage of women in Google’s global workforce increased from 30.9% in 2018 to 31.6% in 2019. Women in leadership roles increased from 25.5% to 26.1%.
Asians account for 39.8% of the company’s global workforce, Native Americans for 0.8%, Blacks for 3.3% and Latinx for 5.7%. For leadership roles, Asians account for 28.9%, Native Americans for 0.7%, Blacks for 2.6% and Latinx for 3.3%.
The hiring of technical workers increased across the board year-over-year. The percentage of tech women hires globally increased from 21.4% in 2018 to 22.9% in 2019.
Google introduced a voluntary non-binary self-ID to gather gender data for 2019 and 39% of its global workforce participated. More than 8% identified themselves as LGBTQ and/or Trans, 5.2% as current or former military members, 7.5% as having disability and less than 1% as non-binary.
According to global director of diversity, equity and inclusion Melonie Parker and vice president of employee engagement Danielle Brown, they are committed to create a more inclusive corporate culture and increase workforce diversity. They also said that equity, inclusion and diversity are business imperatives for the company because they improve outcomes for the company’s products, employees and users.
Parker and Brown also highlighted the lessons they learned in 2019 hiring. These include the importance of data as a catalyst for change and indicator of progress, the role of resource groups in improving the experiences of underrepresented groups and the sustainability of systemic change in employee recruitment process.