The company has released its second annual employee diversity report, which states that the Silicon Valley giants has upped its worldwide hiring rate of women by 65 per cent, adding over 11,000 female employees over the past 12 months. 35 per cent of Apples total employee hires worldwide consisted of women.
Apple also claims that it has made significant progress regarding the hiring of black or Hispanic new employees in the US. The company claims that almost a quarter of its U.S. hires were black or Hispanic. This brought the company’s total tally of black and hispanic workers to 19 per cent of its entire workforce, up from 18 per cent in 2014, while women now represented 31 per cent up from 30.
Despite the seemingly significant progress in diversity hiring, Apple’s overall statistics were only slightly influenced by last year’s numbers, noting the necessity of its long-term continuity if the company wishes for diversity related criticism to tone down. Apple CEO Tim Cook, in a statement posted before the report on the company’s site, stated that it is proud with the progress made but also noted that even more work needs to be done in this regard in the future.
Apple’s 19 per cent black/Hispanic workforce is still well under the 26 per cent national tally across all industries, but minority rights advocates are mostly concerned with the lack of success that these groups are having in Apple’s technical teams. The company has indeed grown increased its number of black/Hispanic technical employees in the U.S. from 13 to 15 per cent, but the dominant Caucasian/Asian demographic has also been bolstered from 77 to 78 per cent.
Known civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, who is a longtime critic of Apple’s subpar worker diversity, praised the company for its progress in minority hiring and also commended it on the public release of the report, which used to be kept secret by major companies until recent years. However, he also called for more data not only on minority hiring but also on contracts which major companies establish with lesser ones owned by women or minorities.
In another diversity report, hardware manufacturer Intel has also posted better than expected numbers in this regard, claiming that 43 per cent of its total US hires in the last 12 months have been either women or minorities.
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