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.More