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Apple’s diversity compared to Google, Facebook, & other competitors, in one chart

Apple is the last major tech company to report its diversity statistics and it confirms that all the major Silicon Valley-based companies have virtually the same racial and gender makeup.

We visualized Apple vs. its competitors in one handy mega chart above; then we broke the chart up into just the percent of white tech employees and male tech employees below that.

Generally, Apple is no standout in any area of diversity. In total, its employees are 70 percent men and 55 percent white (compared to Google’s 70 percent male and 61 percent  white employee base). In leadership, like all other companies, it is both more white and male dominated, with 64 percent white employees in leadership positions and 72 percent male employees.

As for men in technical positions, it hovers around the 80 percent mark, like all other companies.

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For race in technical positions, Apple is 54 percent white, with those of Asian background making up the second-largest group (23 percent).

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As we have noted before, this compares similarly to the total talent pool of women and non-white folks in computer science. African Americans only make up 10 percent of computer science program graduates nationally; women make up about 20 percent. Below, we compared Google’s diversity statistics to the existing talent pool.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook did mention in the company blog post that he thinks race and gender are not the only things to consider. “Our definition of diversity goes far beyond the traditional categories of race, gender, and ethnicity. It includes personal qualities that usually go unmeasured, like sexual orientation, veteran status, and disabilities.”

Curiously, this facts were left out of the data released. It would be good to know if tech companies are more representative on these other important characteristics. Perhaps in the next round of diversity reports they will be.

You can read the full diversity report here.


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14 comments
Sammy Li
Sammy Li

how does it compare to the oil and gas or construction industry?

Duane F. King
Duane F. King

The second a white guy is refused a job for being a white guy he has the legal right to sue them to hell. Its about skills, nothing else. I want more women in tech, but these so called reports lie and twist the truth too much to be ethical imho.

Valerio Capello
Valerio Capello

I can see this as yet another American craze that will sooner or later spread in Europe as well.

Andrei Rînea
Andrei Rînea

So you need diversity for the sake of diversity, because screw competency?

Valentin Adamciuc
Valentin Adamciuc

Please adjust this data with diversity of last 5 years tech graduates.

Miao ZhiCheng
Miao ZhiCheng

Totally irrelevant. Just let the market choose the capable people. What's all these fuss about?

Drew Padilla
Drew Padilla

I don't work in the tech industry, but I certainly have a lot of friends who do, and I have several tech based clients. Given what I know of the demographic that studies technology and graduates from school to pursue careers in technology I find it frustrating that these companies are being measured for diversity in an rather unsophisticated way. There is no way to create more diversity in the tech workforce if there is no more diversity in those that pursue studies and careers in the tech industry. How can a company be judged by these numbers as being too white, too Asian or too male if those demographic sectors are the most capable and have the credentials to create solid new hires?