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Tech Companies Say They Value Diversity, but Reports Show Little Change in Last Six Years


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A CNBC analysis of annual disclosures of minority hiring by tech companies shows they have made little progress.

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A CNBC analysis of annual disclosures of minority hiring by tech companies shows they have made little progress in their goals in the six years since vowing to increase diversity.

The analysis shows that Alphabet, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter have increased their percentage of black employees by low single-digit rates since 2014.

The increase at Amazon was higher than the others, but includes warehouse and delivery workers.

The percentage of black employees rose from 3% to 3.8% of workers at Facebook over the report period, while Twitter recorded an increase from 2% to 6%, and Amazon posted an 11-percentage-point gain to 26.5% at the start of last year.

The diversity numbers are lower among leadership and technical roles like coders and engineers; for example, black employees account for 9% of Apple's workforce, but just 3% of leadership roles.

From CNBC
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