Like other tech giants, Facebook is very white and very male

The company is the latest in a string of major tech employers to disclose workforce diversity details

Facebook has followed Google and Yahoo in revealing just how diverse its workforce is, and just like the other two tech giants, it's very white and very male.

Just over two-thirds of Facebook's global workforce is male, but that figure shoots up to 85% when just core "tech" employees, largely engineers, are counted. The company said 77% of its senior management team is male.

In the U.S., 57% of all Facebook employees are white, 34% are Asian, 3% are Hispanic and 2% are black, with the remainder counting two or more races. Among engineering staff, the percentage of white employees drops to 53%, while the share of Asian employees jumps to 41%. In senior management, 74% of the employees are white and 19% are Asian.

In the U.S. as a whole, 72% of people reported themselves as white in the 2010 census, while 16% identified themselves as Hispanic, 13% as black and 5% as Asian.

"As these numbers show, we have more work to do -- a lot more," wrote Maxine Williams, Facebook's global head of diversity, in a blog post.

Facebook said it would implement "a variety of programs and strategies to help increase the overall pool of talent from underrepresented communities," but it didn't identify what those programs and strategies would be.

Currently, the company has programs with groups such as Girls Who Code, the National Society of Black Engineers and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers to help bring underrepresented groups into engineering.

Comparing Facebook to Yahoo and Google, it's notable how similar the makeups of the companies' workforces are. All three are dominated by men, who make up about two-thirds of each company's workforce. And in the U.S., all the companies are largely white and Asian, with other minorities making up less than 10% of the head count.

After declining to release such data for several years, the companies have recently come under pressure from prominent people such as civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson, who confronted Google at its annual shareholder meeting.

"We have a long way to go, but we're absolutely committed to achieving greater diversity at Facebook and across the industry," Williams said.

Martyn Williams covers mobile telecoms, Silicon Valley and general technology breaking news for the IDG News Service. Follow Martyn on Twitter at @martyn_williams. Martyn's email address is martyn_williams@idg.com

This story, "Like other tech giants, Facebook is very white and very male" was originally published by IDG News Service .

Join the discussion
Be the first to comment on this article. Our Commenting Policies