Only 30% of Google staff are women

Google says it has work to do on diversity, after it released figures showing only 70% of staff are men and 61% are white.

Google says it has work to do on diversity, after it released figures showing only 70% of staff are men and 61% are white.

Laszlo Bock, Senior Vice President, People Operations, said: "We’ve always been reluctant to publish numbers about the diversity of our workforce at Google. We now realise we were wrong, and that it’s time to be candid about the issues. Put simply, Google is not where we want to be when it comes to diversity, and it’s hard to address these kinds of challenges if you’re not prepared to discuss them openly, and with the facts."

He says there are many reasons why technology companies like Google struggle to recruit and retain women and minorities, such as the number of women who take computer science degrees. He adds Google has invested "a lot of time and energy in education".

He adds that in the US since 2010 Google has given more than $40 million to organisations working to bring computer science education to women and girls and has been working with historically black colleges and universities on computer science courses. 

He says: "We’re the first to admit that Google is miles from where we want to be—and that being totally clear about the extent of the problem is a really important part of the solution."





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