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Thursday, June 12, 2014


THERE has been a lot of progress on gender equality, especially for the tech industry. The CEOs of HP, Yahoo and IBM worldwide, as is the chief operating officer of Facebook, are all women. So is the President of South Korea and it does look like Hillary Clinton might become a US presidential candidate.

In the tech world however, especially in Silicon Valley, it looks like it is still dominated by white (or increasingly Asian) men. Diversity is good. Recently, the Microsoft named a CEO of Indian origin.

Google recently released statistics about their workforce and it was revealed that only 17 percent of their technical employees are women, and worse, only one percent are black and two percent are Hispanics. For the whole company, only 20 percent are women and only four percent are black.

This is not too different from startups. According to data collected from 159 startups by Pinterest, it was revealed that only 15 percent of the engineers in these startups are women.

In the top positions in tech companies, men outnumber women four to one. For instance, Apple has virtually no woman top executive and only one woman in the whole board.

Back to Google, out of their total technical workforce in the US, 23 percent of the leaders, as well as 34 percent of their tech workforce are of Asian origin, which does indicate the influence of mostly Indians, Chinese and some Japanese and Koreans in the workforce. Caucasians still make up 60% of the workforce and hold virtually three-fourths of all leadership positions.

(wilson@ngkhai.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 13, 2014.

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