Facebook Inc. struggled to boost the share of women in its workforce last year, as the social media giant intensified recruitment in technical fields where gender disparities are larger.
Women at Facebook made up 36.7% of the workforce by the end of June, down .3 percentage points from the year prior, according to annual diversity report released Thursday, the first time the number has dropped. Maxine Williams, the global chief diversity officer, attributed the drop in female representation to the company's overall increase in technical roles, which is dwarfing recruitment for other types of jobs.
Despite the overall drop, the social networking company boosted the share of women and underrepresented minorities among its leaders and workers in technical roles, the company found, even if that wasn't enough to reverse the trend. By the end of March, Facebook's head count was 60,654, an increase of 26% year-over-year. Facebook said during the last earnings call that the company was investing in new technical and product talent.
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