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Google is inching its way to diversity

Mountain View's diversity efforts aren't enough, based on its 2015 report.
Mariella Moon
Mariella Moon|@mariella_moon|July 1, 2016 6:06 AM

Google vowed to spend $150 million in 2015 to diversify its workforce, and the company did hire more women, Black and Hispanic employees last year. Unfortunately, its efforts aren't enough to cause a big shift -- the company is still overwhelmingly white and male. According to the latest data Mountain View released, women make up 31 percent of the current workforce, which is only one percent higher than 2014's. Four and five percent of its hires in 2015 are Black and Hispanic, respectively. But just like in 2014, African-Americans still only make up two percent of company, while Hispanics only make up three percent.

That said, women did make up 21 percent of the big G's technical hires in 2015, up two percent from the year before. Not to mention, Google has been encouraging women to nominate themselves for self-promotion ever since it found out that they're not as inclined as men to do so. The company also said that while the percentages of minority employees didn't change, it now has 880 (from 628 in 2014) black and 1,782 (from 1,428) Hispanic personnel.

Obviously, Google still has a ways to go. The good news is that the company is well aware of that, and it sounds like it's not stopping its plan to achieve a truly diverse workplace. "We saw encouraging signs of progress in 2015, but we're still far from where we need to be," People Operations VP Nancy Lee wrote in a blog post.

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Google is inching its way to diversity