Twitter workforce diversity report: 'We have a lot of work to do'

Summary:Twitter promises it is working with organizations like Girls Who Code as well as historically black colleges and universities to diversify its workforce.


In the wake of the NSA revelations last year, anyone and everyone in tech started publishing transparency reports about data requests.

Now the thing to do is apparently reveal statistics about corporate diversity -- most of which have not panned out to be the greatest selling points.

Nevertheless, Twitter is the latest in big tech to share the ethnic and gender makeup of its workforce.

Simply put, the San Francisco-headquartered business doesn't exactly stand out from the pack.

"And like our peers, we have a lot of work to do," summed up Janet Van Huysse, vice president of diversity and inclusion at Twitter, in a blog post on Wednesday.

Here is a glance at some of the most glaring statistics:

  • 90 percent of all "tech" jobs at Twitter are filled by male employees
  • 59 percent of tech jobs and 72 percent of leadership roles are filled by white employees
  • Non-tech jobs are split 50-50 between male and female employees
  • Women only account for 21 percent of leadership roles at Twitter
  • Twitter's overall workforce breaks down to 70 percent male and 30 percent female.
  • Looking at ethnicity, the employee base is 59 percent white and 29 percent Asian, while African-American, Hispanic, Native American and other backgrounds account for three or less percent each.

Van Huysse acknowledged the obvious gaps here, outlining how Twitter is actively working with multiple organizations like Girls Who Code as well as historically black colleges and universities to better diversify the social network's employee base.

"We also know that it makes good business sense to be more diverse as a workforce – research shows that more diverse teams make better decisions, and companies with women in leadership roles produce better financial results," Van Huysse remarked.

Image via Twitter

Topics: Social Enterprise, CXO, Enterprise 2.0, IT Employment, Tech Industry


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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