Apple Inc. are one of the largest companies in the world and employ thousands of employees. Recently, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has come under scrutiny over the diversity of its workforce. The technology industry in general has a workforce diversity problem. The majority of these companies are run by white males. The problem is that not enough women are being employed in this sector and the ethnic minorities are having less of a say in the technology sector’s growth.
The biggest highlight in Apple’s diversity report shows that only 31% of Apple’s employees are women. This shows that Apple needs to do more in hiring female leaders to improve its diversity. The technology sector is full of talent and Apple needs to recognise that women are equally talented as men. Since 2014, Apple has improved its hiring of women claiming that 35% of its new hires were female.
The majority of Apple’s personnel are white (54%) which shows a lack of diversity from ethnic backgrounds. The report shows that 60 out of its 83 most senior employees are white men. Whilst Apple claims to be improving its diversity into hiring staff from different backgrounds, the senior staff and executives running the company are mainly white. Amongst the 83 executives, 1 is Hispanic, 2 are black and there are only 8 Asians.
Apple needs to drastically improve its diversity within its workforce. The tech giant claims to have made minor improvements from last year, but I feel that to be seen as diverse, Apple needs to employ from a wider range of backgrounds in senior positions. Also the lack of women in its workforce needs an overhaul including in senior roles. Currently Apple may have a diversity problem but with steady improvements they can have a workforce with employees from a range of backgrounds.
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