Microsoft’s latest diversity statistics announced on Friday reveal women workforce number serving the company has increased to some extent, but there’s still much work to be done.
According to new figures women now accounts for 29 per cent of the company’s global workforce as compared to 24 per cent recorded last year.
Redmond based software giant revealed that the percentage of senior executive women and minorities boosted up to 27 per cent, up from 24 per cent in 2013, while the percentage of women and minorities sitting on the Microsoft board of directors rose to 40 per cent, up from 33 per cent reported last year. However, the percentage of women in tech positions at the company is still low at 17.1 per cent.
Microsoft also announced ethnicity data for its employees in the U.S. that breaks down to 60.6 percent Caucasian, 28.9 percent Asian, 5.1 percent Hispanic, 3.5 percent African American, 1.2 percent multi-racial, 0.5 percent American Indian/Alaska Native, and 0.3 percent Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander.
Lisa Brummel, Microsoft’s executive vice president of human resources, in an email sent to the company’s staff said that though progress is being made in diversifying the company’s workforce, a lot of work is still to be done.
“Have we made progress? Yes, we certainly have, and I am proud of the progress we have made. But we can all agree that much work remains to be done to increase the diversity of our company and the tech industry,” the letter read.
The latest figures bring Microsoft at par with other tech giants in terms of female employment. Google accounts for 30 percent of female workforce, Facebook for 31 percent, Twitter for 30 percent, and Apple accounts for 30 percent of global women workforce.