eBay boasts uptick in female hires but owns up to gender gap anyway

eBay boasts uptick in female hires but owns up to gender gap anyway

Summary: At first glance, the e-commerce giant looks like it might be doing a better job of balancing its workforce than some of its Silicon Valley neighbors.


Following a number of other tech giants over the last few weeks, eBay has published its own diversity report.

At first glance, the e-commerce giant looks like it might be doing a better job of balancing its workforce than some of its Silicon Valley neighbors.

Nevertheless, even eBay executives admitted in the report that they "still have much work to do."

Looking closer, eBay said that male employees account for 76 percent of tech jobs, with the remaining 24 percent held by women.

On a non-tech basis, the gender divide is considerably better. Female employees account for 49 percent of the non-tech workforce and men account for 51 percent.

However, male employees filled 72 percent of all leadership roles worldwide, while women only occupy 28 percent of those jobs.

Overall, the San Jose-headquartered corporation's workforce is split 58 percent male and 42 percent female.

Looking at ethnic diversity, eBay doesn't stand out from the rest of the tech industry either.

For example, as of June 30, 72 percent of all leadership roles (and 60 percent of all jobs in general) were held by white employees.

The only metric called out by eBay in its report not dominated by white employees was tech, where 55 percent of these jobs are held by Asian employees.

Yet Hispanic, black, and multi-racial employees only accounted for single-digit fractions on each metric.

One spot where eBay did differentiate itself (at least by including it in the report) was with LGBT employees.

Touting to "have received a perfect score" according to the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index every year since 2009, eBay asserted it "actively" recruits from the LGBT community and supports treating same-gender and heterosexual spouses equally under changes to the federal H1B visa program.

To further boost diversity, eBay defended it is working with a spread of external organizations, including Black Planet, Black Women Connect, African American Careers, National Society of Hispanic MBA’s and "several others."

Internally, eBay continues to foster its own Women’s Initiative Network, launched by CEO and president John Donahoe approximately three years ago, for boosting the number of women in leadership roles within the company.

Chart via eBay

Topics: IT Employment, CXO, E-Commerce, Tech Industry

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  • Do people really think

    Do people really think sexist bean counting is a rational thing to do? I thought people wanted to be judged on their skills?
    Buster Friendly
    • People want an advantage

      The point of this bean counter stuff is to give minorities an advantage. No, it's not fair or right. The fact that technology industries is mostly dominated by males is not due to sexism, it's due to interest.

      A statistic that nobody ever shows (probably because it would destroy this sexism sensationalism) that I would love to see is how many male vs female qualified applicants there are. I'd wager that the vast majority of qualified applicants are male, and that females are over-represented in the workplace. (Before someone puts fake words in my mouth, no I don't think fewer females should be hired, I just think this absurd sensationalism needs to stop)
      • Women are the majority

        Women are the majority population wise. As far as interest, that's definitely true if my CS graduating class is any measure. Had to be 90% men. Of course that was a long time ago and computers weren't nearly as mainstream as they are now.
        Buster Friendly
        • The real test would be

          Who is employed, vs who applied.
          If a company has a history of rejecting a particular sex or race when faced with similarly qualified individuals, that could be a diversity issue.
          If the majority of applicants are white males, then there's some logical reason for the balance of the work force.
          I had a phase when interviewing when I received a significant number of cv's from Indian applicants. A number of them got rejected on the basis of the quality of spoken and written English. Otherwise they would have been in.
  • Equal opportunity still rules

    And it's not in the form of being hired based on what is between your pants, or what skin color you have.

    If you pay attention to only the sex of someone or their skin color, that's racist and/or sexist.

    According to this article, I'm a "problem" because I'm white and male.
    Ya know what?
    I was effing born this way.

    Rachel King, why are you writing these racist/sexist articles?

    I mean really, why don't you write about the gender gap in Auto Mechanics?
    Perhaps the lack of males compared to females for cooking shows?

    Because the money is here in tech.

    However you would like to approach it, please stop saying what's between my legs or my skin color is the biggest factor as to whether or not I should work in the IT industry. Again, I was born this way. Good to see you're oh so special you can tell everyone that I'm a "problem" in the industry.

    Sounds like a perfect defamation suit to me.