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Employee diversity report released by Apple

Diversity report shows Apple is mainly white and male

Apple has released a report which outlines the diversity of its employees across the world. The data refers to the 98,000 workers that make up the company’s personnel – including its retail stores.

These findings place Apple alongside Facebook, Google and Twitter, which have all recently produced diversity reports that have revealed they are white male-dominated companies.

Across all company sectors Apple’s workforce is 55 per cent white, 15 per cent Asian, 11 per cent Hispanic, seven per cent black and three per cent ‘other’. Nine per cent of personnel did not comment on their ethnicity.

Gender-wise the report shows that just 30 per cent of Apple employees across all the company’s sectors are female – the same percentage Twitter and Google revealed in their reports not long ago. Facebook is just about the most diverse of the four companies, as 31 per cent of its workforce is female.

Apple CEO says changes will be made

In a message attached to the report, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook commented:

“As CEO, I’m not satisfied with the numbers on this page. They’re not new to us and we’ve been working hard for quite some time to improve them. We are making progress, and we’re committed to being as innovative in advancing diversity as we are in developing our products.”

Cook went on to note that Apple has made great efforts of late to increase its gender equality in senior positions, citing the company’s recruitment and promotion of senior female figures.

These include Angela Ahrendts (former CEO of Burberry), Lisa Jackson (of the Environmental Protection Agency), Denise Young-Smith (head of human resources) and Sue Wagner (founding partner of BlackRock).

Daniel Nolan, managing director at theEword, has said: “Many observers will be disappointed that four of the world’s biggest tech companies have all recently revealed an almost identical gender imbalance. It’ll be interesting to see how each company addresses this problem, as it’s not something that can be rectified overnight.”

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