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Facebook workforce still mostly white and male according to latest diversity figures


By Gillian West | Social media manager

June 28, 2015 | 2 min read

The latest diversity figures from social media giant Facebook show its workforce is still mostly white and male.

More than two thirds (68 per cent) of the company is male, compared with 69 per cent a year earlier. White employees account for 55 per cent of staff, a fall of just two per cent year-on-year.

Maxine Williams, Facebook's global director of diversity, said it was "clear to all of is that we still aren't where we want to be" adding "there's more work to do."

Facebook's gender and ethnicity figures match up with other tech companies, according to the Bureau of Labour Statistics, where women make up around 30-35 per cent of employees.

Overall 32 per cent of Facebook's workforce is female with only 16 per cent of the company's tech jobs held by women. Almost a quarter (23 per cent) of senior leadership roles at the social network are held by women.

In terms of ethnicity, white and Asian employees account for 91 per cent of the company with black people the most underrepresented minority (two per cent of the overall workforce and one per cent of tech jobs).

To address the diversity issue Facebook is working with universities and students to attract talent.

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