Google’s US workforce grew more Asian, less white and male

While Google employs more Asians, the LGBTQ community makes up 8.5% of its workforce. (Bloomberg pic)

SOUTHFIELD: Google’s workforce employed fewer white, male employees as the already over-represented Asian workforce grew and women and people of colour showed less obvious improvement.

Gains were reported in the number of women, black and Latino workers among new hires while attrition rates for women and most under-represented groups declined, the Alphabet unit said in its annual diversity report.

Still, black workers continued to have the highest attrition rates, according to the report, which cited race data for US employees.

White workers remain in the majority, accounting for 54.4% of employees, while Asian staff posted the biggest increase by rising 1.7 percentage points to 39.8% at Google. In the US, Asians make up 6% of the population.

Earlier this year, Google employees, along with shareholders, called on the company to make changes in areas including racial and gender diversity, and asked the board to consider tying these metrics to executive bonuses.

Over the past year, employees have protested about worker rights, a military contract and the handling of sexual misconduct allegations.

The report showed women gained ground in technical jobs, although they still account for less than a quarter of those roles globally compared with almost half of non-technical positions. The number of women rose to 26% of US leadership, from 25.3% in 2018.

For the first time, the company also asked workers to self-identify among several other under-represented groups. Google found that 8.5% identify as LGBTQ, 7.5% identified as having a disability, and less than 1% identified as non-binary.