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Etsy’s still a young white man’s (and woman’s) world

Etsy’s still a young white man’s (and woman’s) world
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Etsy’s been at the forefront of employers that offer extended paid leave benefits and other family-friendly work policies. However, that hasn’t helped the makers’ marketplace–whose sellers are 87% women–to move its workforce diversity needle much.

The company touted its gains for women in its 2016 workforce progress report. Globally, 56% of its staff identified as women, a 2% bump from 2015, and the board was 50% women. By comparison, the U.S. average for women’s representation on boards is just 19.9% at S&P 500 companies. However, while the racial and ethnic diversity of the workforce did have year-over-year increases in the number of employees from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, they weren’t substantial.

Among the U.S. staff (the only country where they are counted) they remain a very small minority.

Overall Gender (GLOBAL), see full size here [Chart: courtesy of Etsy]
  • Overall staff is 73% white vs. 79% last year.
  • Leadership remained unchanged at 77% white.
  • Tech staff globally is 61% male, with engineering specifically 72% male.
  • In the U.S. whites accounted for 67% of engineering staff.
  • Globally, most workers (64%) fall between the ages of 25-35. Less than 10% of staff are over 40.
Overall Race / Ethnicity (US), see full size here [Chart: courtesy of Etsy]

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