72% Of Leadership Roles At Apple Are Held By Men

Spoiler alert: The company's diversity report shows Apple is overwhelmingly white and male.

Long a holdout, Apple has joined Google, Facebook, Twitter, and other tech companies by releasing a diversity report of its own. And like the rest of them, the makeup at the Cupertino, California company is largely white and male.

Of Apple's 98,000 employees, which includes workers in its retail stores, 55% are white, 15% are Asian, 11% are Hispanic, 7% are black, and the remainder are categorized as two or more races, other, or undeclared. Breaking down its workforce by gender, 70% are male and 30% are female.

However, the makeup is much more homogenous when zeroing in on tech jobs and leadership positions.

Among tech workers--80% of whom are male--54% are white, 23% Asian, 7% Hispanic, and 6% black. In leadership roles--72% of which are held by men--64% are white, 21% Asian, 6% Hispanic, and 3% black.

"Let me say up front: As CEO, I’m not satisfied with the numbers on this page," Tim Cook wrote in a public letter. "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."

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  • mike

    What the article fails to mention is that their tech worker ethnic breakdown actually closely reflects the demographics of the Bay Area. Which quite frankly surprised me in a good way.

    And that almost 3/4ths of the corporate leadership roles are currently held by males is hardly shocking news, really? Great that they are looking to diversify further of course.

  • tronghnguyen

    it's interesting to not see any mention of the age when considering diversity

  • I'm interested in exactly why Tim Cook and Apple are looking to improve the numbers from the report. Are they considering hiring more non-whites and females just in an attempt to appear more balanced in the category of employment population? Most of us would like to think that large tech company hiring practices involve bringing in the right people for the job, period; I know that's just an ideological concept in a perfect world … however, I'm thinking their numbers are probably a direct reflection of the talent/work pool available in their sector.

  • Bart Van de Goor

    How are the two mutually exclusive? They can still find the right people for the job AND hire more non-white and female applicants, can they?

  • I don't think the two are necessarily mutually exclusive. I'm just thinking out loud while trying to figure out how the margins between certain ethnicities and male and female genders can be so large. There's plenty of non-white and female candidates out there, but are they applying? Are the ones that are applying the best ones for the job/position that they're applying for? I'm wondering what the disparity is between the breakdown of applicants vs. the the current employee numbers/statistics is.