Yahoo! Is Latest Tech Company to Release Workforce Diversity Stats

Yahoo! reveals its employment diversity (or lack there of) demographics, and not surprisingly, they are almost identical to Google's.

By Julissa Catalan


On Tuesday, Silicon Valley-based technology company Yahoo! released its workforce diversity stats. What it revealed is unsurprising to most, as the numbers mirror the lack of diversity that seems to be a trend in the tech industry.

The report showed that out of Yahoo!'s 12,000 worldwide employees, 50 percent are white and 39 percent are Asian. Latinos make up 4 percent of the workforce and Blacks account for 2 percent. Undisclosed and mixed race make up 2 percent each.

Asians make up the majority of "tech" workers at 57 percent, with whites at 35 percent in this area.

When it comes to "leadership" (vice president and above) positions, however, Asians only make up 17 percent, while nearly four out of five are white.

Yahoo!, which is run by a woman, former Google executive Marissa Mayer, overall has 37 percent women employees. These women hold 23 percent of the leadership positions.

The company declined to release a gender breakdown for its U.S. workforce.

See Yahoo!'s EEO-1 Report for 2013.

The Yahoo! report comes one month after Google's own workforce diversity report was released. The two reports tell a very similar story.

Google has 46,170 employees worldwide. The gender data released reflected that total while the race/ethnicity data were only compiled from the U.S. workforce.

The company's numbers showed that 70 percent of all Google employees are male, and 62 percent of its U.S. workers are white.

Like Yahoo!, the Asian community makes up the second-largest ethnic group for Google employees at 30 percent. Mixed race makes up 4 percent, while Latinos account for 3 percent and Blacks for 2 percent.

Google has 19 offices around the country, while Yahoo! has 25.

Google and Yahoo! have always declined to participate in the DiversityInc Top 50 survey.

To give some perspective, below is the workforce-representation data for the 2014 DiversityInc Top 50 companies:

11.9% Black, 9.8% Latino, 9.8% Asian, 46.2% women

For years now, tech companies have been fighting to keep their EEO data a secret. Now that the results are becoming public, we can see why.

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