Google’s Shabby Diversity Progress Numbers

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I’ve seen Google recruiters attend minority recruiting events only to recruit for positions in every area but tech. As a result of that, we have these shabby numbers. It turns out that Google has made no progress in respect to racial-minorities in tech worth mentioning on their diversity page.

4% of new hires were black, 5% wereHispanic, and 21% were women in tech. Notice the graphic doesn’t say Black in tech nor Hispanic in tech. I would venture to guess that a large portion of the women in tech are White or asian, which is not a problem at all. Any progress is good progress. However, when you look at the average salaries of employees at Google, you will see that Software engineers and other related tech positions make more than managers in other areas; and there lies the controversy.

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Bravo to Google for working on diversity but a wag of the finger for continuing to contribute to the larger issue: minorities being left behind when it comes to monetary compensation for generations to come. That list is in descending order of total pay. Aside from a few anomalies, Software Engineer is the first non-manager, non-senior, and non-director position listed in the aforementioned order. Thus, it may be fair to suggest that a broader look at Google’s salaries numbers and its diversity numbers will show that the people who are being paid the most have the smallest representation of minorities. But at first glance, it is fair to say that these numbers indicate the real problem at Google is not a willingness to higher minorities; instead, it is a problem to hire minorities in tech.

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