Technology empire Apple has made progress to towards improving its workforce’s racial and gender diversity. But only just.
The company has said that 11 percent of its new US hires within the past year were black, 13 percent were Hispanic and 19 percent were Asian. More than half of all Apple employees identify themselves as white.
Regarding gender diversity, 35 percent of Apple’s new hires globally were women. This brings Apple’s gender percentages to 69 percent men and 31 percent women; last year, the company reported that the percentages were 70 percent to 30 percent.
However, like many technology companies actively improving the diversity of their staff, there remains a problem with extending this to leadership level. The least-diverse section of Apple’s staff was found to be its leadership. 72 percent of Apple’s leaders are men and 63 percent are women.