Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Apple Slowly Improving Diversity: How Do Other Tech Companies Compare?

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Apple Slowly Improving Diversity: How Do Other Tech Companies Compare?

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All employees at Apple, regardless of gender or race, now receive equal pay for equal work, said the tech company on Wednesday.

A report published on Apple's "Inclusion and Diversity" webpage outlined recent progress made in increasing diversity among employees in the past two years. The percent of new hires that are female increased from 31 to 37 percent, and underrepresented minorities from 21 to 27 percent.

The numbers reflect a growing attention to diversity within the tech industry, as companies make efforts to recruit female and minority employees. But in an industry (and company) still dominated by white men - 68 percent of Apple employees are still male, and 56 percent white - there is still significant progress yet to be made.

Apple also announced on Wednesday that it had fixed the pay gap between men and women and white and minority employees, following chief executive officer Tim Cook's announcement in February that an internal study found that women earned 99.6 cents for every dollar men with similar positions did, and underrepresented minorities earned 99.7 cents compared to white employees.

In April, Microsoft made a similar announcement, as it reportedly narrowed the wage gap between male and female employees from 99.7 cents per dollar to 99.8 cents.

"I'm encouraged by these results," Kathleen Hogan, Microsoft's executive vice president of human resources, wrote in a blog post at the time. "Our announcement today is another step forward along the path of greater diversity and inclusion progress at Microsoft, and in society as a whole."

Facebook and Amazon, two other tech giants, said earlier this year that they pay their female and male employees equally.

But while the wage gap is slowly closing, industry experts say there is still a good deal of work to be done in improving diversity among Silicon Valley employees.

According to statistics published in June, 69 percent of Google employees are male and 59 percent white. The numbers are only a slight improvement from the company's 2015 diversity report, which outlined a workforce that was 70 percent male and 60 percent white, but the company points to these changes as "encouraging signs of progress" nonetheless. …

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