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January 2, 2015 at 4:02 PM

Microsoft’s U.S. workforce 47% white males, diversity data show

Microsoft has joined the ranks of technology companies releasing more-detailed diversity data.

The latest takeaway lines up with previous impressions: Microsoft’s employees are predominantly white and male.

Non-Hispanic white males make up 47% of Microsoft’s U.S. workforce, above the 31% share Census data says the group accounts for in the country as a whole.

Diversity has been something of a black eye for the technology industry, with companies from Microsoft to Google and Twitter reporting workforce demographics that don’t closely mirror the makeup of their customers or society at large. Companies have taken particular criticism for a lack of women in leadership roles, and black and Hispanic headcounts that rarely stray from the low single digits.

Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella pledged at the company’s shareholders’ meeting last month to release the company’s EEO-1 report, the diversity survey companies are required to report to the federal government. Disclosing the data was among the slate of requests the Rev. Jesse Jackson made during the civil rights leader’s recent tour through the Northwest to promote a more diverse technology industry workforce.

It’s worth noting that Microsoft’s board last month also tweaked the language in its governance laws to emphasize efforts to seek out female and minority board candidates.

Check out the highlights from Microsoft’s EEO-1 below, noting the share each group represents among Microsoft’s reported 60,961-person U.S. workforce as well as its 144 most senior executives. And credit to Jacob Demmitt at the Puget Sound Business Journal for tracking down the full form earlier. Microsoft told Demmitt the data had been sitting on the company’s website since Dec. 18.

Overall:

Category White Asian Hispanic or Latino Black or African American Two or More Races American Indian or Alaskan Native Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
Share of all employees 60.7% 29.0% 5.0% 3.4% 1.2% 0.5% 0.2%
Executive Ranks 80.6% 13.9% 3.5% 1.4% 0.7% 0.0% 0.0%

Male:

Category White Asian Hispanic or Latino Black or African American Two or More Races American Indian or Alaskan Native Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
Share of all employees 46.5% 21.8% 3.7% 2.3% 0.8% 0.4% 0.2%
Executive ranks 69.4% 12.5% 3.5% 1.4% 0.7% 0.0% 0.0%

Female:

Category White Asian Hispanic or Latino Black or African American Two or More Races American Indian or Alaskan Native Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
Share of all employees 14.2% 7.2% 1.3% 1.1% 0.3% 0.1% 0.1%
Executive ranks 11.1% 1.4% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%

(The categories themselves are from the Census Bureau, which is still struggling a bit with how to deal with race and ethnicity.)

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