Date
28 March 2017
Google wants to increase the number of women in technical roles as part of efforts to increase diversity. Photo: Reuters
Google wants to increase the number of women in technical roles as part of efforts to increase diversity. Photo: Reuters

Google boosts number of women in tech workforce

Google Inc. said 21 percent of its tech hires last year were women, boosting overall number of women in technical roles by 1 percent, as part of efforts to increase diversity.

The company recently began disclosing the makeup of its workforce after admitting that it was “wrong, and that it’s time to be candid about the issues”, Reuters reported.

The technology industry has long been plagued not just by allegations of a gender gap but also by a broad lack of inclusiveness that affects minorities too, according to the news agency.

Google said Monday the increase in Black and Hispanic employees outpaced the company’s overall hiring growth, but made up for only 2 percent and 3 percent of total workforce, respectively.

“Though we still have a long way to go, we’re seeing some early progress,” the company said in a Google Plus post (bit.ly/1SRsDuN).

As of Dec. 31, the technology giant had 53,600 full-time employees, the report said.

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