Diversity in Technology Industry in USA

Apple released its workforce diversity numbers recently and I did not want to post or comment on it until someone compared those numbers with other big and notable technology companies in the US. And that happened today, thanks to Nick Heer of PixelEnvy. Before going into the details of this post, a few things first. Apple also released an Ad showcasing its diverse workforce and how it believes in "Inclusion inspires innovation", here. And Tim Cook also commented that he is not happy enough with Apple's diversity numbers and will continue to work on improving these numbers. 

Apple is committed to transparency, which is why we are publishing statistics about the race and gender makeup of our company. Let me say up front: As CEO, I’m not satisfied with the numbers on this page. They’re not new to us, and we’ve been working hard for quite some time to improve them
— Tim Cook
Role of women in technology leadership jobs in US (Source: PixelEnvy)

Role of women in technology leadership jobs in US (Source: PixelEnvy)

As usual when Apple released these numbers there was a public outcry from everyone on how Apple was a white man's paradise, in terms of its majority of the workforce being white and male. Of course that is true and the numbers speak for themselves in this case. But this post makes it clear that Apple is not alone in this and this issue is plaguing the entire tech industry in US as a whole and not just Apple. In fact for example if you compare, the percentage of women employees in leadership roles at, Apple has the highest percentage of many big US technology companies. The same way, Apple has one of the highest percentage of women employees in technology jobs, but overall it doesn't do so good in non-technology related jobs. So head over to this excellent set of data tables for more detailed comparisons, before jumping the gun on holding Apple solely responsible for this unfortunate disparity in the tech industry.