Google's workforce is still dominated by white and Asian men even after the Internet company hired a woman to fill one out of every five of its openings for technology jobs last year. The ongoing lack of diversity emerged in a demographic breakdown that Google released Monday. Just 18 percent of Google's technology jobs were held by women entering 2015, up a mere percentage point from the previous year. The rest of them were filled by men who were mostly white or Asian.
The latest snapshot of Google's workforce comes roughly a year after Google publicly disclosed the gender and ethnic makeup of its payroll for the first time to cast spotlight on a diversity problem vexing the entire technology industry. At the time, Google admitted it was "wrong," and that it was "time to be candid about the issues."
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. Google said Monday that 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.
Last month, Google announced a $150 million initiative to get more women and minorities into technology.