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

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, IT Employment, Enterprise 2.0, Tech Industry

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  • No

    Diversity is the newspeak word racists and sexist use to pretend their defective thinking makes sense. Does someone actually have a rational argument why any company should hire based on physical attribute bean counting?
    Buster Friendly
  • If you have a good product

    rational people will buy it and give no thought to the make up of your workforce. If you pander to the irrationals and force fit your workforce to their liking then your product and bottom line will likely suffer. Hire the best people for the job. Period.
  • again?

    Really hoping this story line dies out soon
  • Meaningless

    Women who complain about gender bias in tech are like people who complain they never win the lottery, but who never buy a ticket. Women don't work in tech because women couldn't be bothered to learn tech. That is apparently a male fault too, it's all men's fault.
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