Google’s latest diversity report shows jump in departures among women of color

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The company’s US workforce continues to be majority white and male

Google uses a scale it calls an attrition index, with the number 100 used as a benchmark. The attrition figure for Black women on that index rose from 110 in 2020 to 146 in 2021, the report shows. Among Native American women the attrition index was up to 148 in 2021, compared to 123 in 2020. The 2021 attrition figures also were higher for Asian men and women and for Latinx men, the report showed.

“We recognize the platform that we have and the brand position that we have and we know that there are other companies that are watching us and looking at us,” Google chief diversity officer Melonie Parker said in a video that accompanied the report. “And we want to make sure that we don’t just show our successes, but that we show the areas that we need to get better as well.”

The company made some progress in its representation and diversity goals, doubling the number of Black employees hired to its US leadership team to 7.1 percent from 3.6 percent the year prior, and the number of women in Google leadership around the world rose from 26.7 percent to 28.1 percent. Still, Google’s US workforce is 68 percent male and 32 percent female, the report shows. Fifty percent of Google’s US workforce is white, compared to 42 percent Asian, 6.4 percent Latinx, 4.4 percent Black, and 0.8 percent Native American.

And Google faced a slew of criticism late last year and earlier this year, for how it handled the firing of Black AI ethics researcher Timnit Gebru after she wrote a paper that questioned the dangers of large language models. Gebru accused Google of racism and retaliation, and faced online harassment for months afterward.

In October, CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in a blog post that the company planned to double the number of Black employees by 2025 and increase the number of underrepresented workers in senior positions by 30 percent. “We’ll hold ourselves accountable for creating an inclusive workplace,” Pichai wrote.

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Google reports soaring attrition among Black women in US

iTnews 02 July, 2021 - 02:01pm

Workers identifying as "Black+" or "Latinx+" left Alphabet's Google at higher rates last year than in 2019, the company said on Thursday in its latest annual diversity report, highlighting a persistent challenge to growing representation.

What Google calls an attrition index, with 100 as a baseline, registered at 121 last year for Black+ workers in the United States compared with 112 in 2020.

For Latinx+ employees, it jumped to 105 last year from 97. Attrition soared to 146 from 110 for Black+ women, though it fell to 81 from 93 for Latinx+ women.

For White+, attrition dropped to 112 from 117, falling across both men and women.

Google last year committed to increasing retention of racial minorities and other groups by increasing support staffing and programs.

But some people from underrepresented backgrounds have said they continue to feel unwelcome in the tech industry, and they also remain high in demand elsewhere as companies compete to increase diversity.

Google declined to comment beyond its new report, which noted room for improvement in retaining underrepresented talent but added some new training and practices are showing promising results.

Civil rights groups and activist investors are pressuring Silicon Valley companies such as Google to bring more women and racial minorities into leadership, contending that better business results would follow.

Google did make some strides. The company nearly doubled the number of Black+ people in US leadership to 7.1 percent last year and increased the number of women globally in leadership to 28.9 percent from 26.1 percent.

Last year was its best since it began reporting data in 2014 for hiring of Black+ and Latinx+ US workers, with 8.8 percent of overall hires coming from each of those groups compared with 5.5 percent for Black+ in 2019 and 6.6 percent for Latinx+.

Still, just 1.8 percent of technology hires were Black+ women and an equal share Latinx+ women.

Google reports soaring attrition among black women

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CALIFORNIA: Workers identifying as “Black+” or “Latinx+” left Alphabet Inc’s Google at higher rates last year than in 2019, the company said on Thursday in its latest annual diversity report, highlighting a persistent challenge to growing representation.

What Google calls an attrition index, with 100 as a baseline, registered at 121 last year for Black+ workers in the US compared with 112 in 2020.

For Latinx+ employees, it jumped to 105 last year from 97. Attrition soared to 146 from 110 for Black+ women, though it fell to 81 from 93 for Latinx+ women.

For White+, attrition dropped to 112 from 117, falling across both men and women.

Google last year committed to increasing retention of racial minorities and other groups by increasing support staffing and programmes.

But some people from underrepresented backgrounds have said they continue to feel unwelcome in the tech industry, and they also remain high in demand elsewhere as companies compete to increase diversity.

Google declined to comment beyond its new report, which noted room for improvement in retaining underrepresented talent but added some new training and practices are showing promising results.

Civil rights groups and activist investors are pressuring Silicon Valley companies such as Google to bring more women and racial minorities into leadership, contending that better business results would follow.

Google did make some strides. The company nearly doubled the number of Black+ people in US leadership to 7.1% last year and increased the number of women globally in leadership to 28.9% from 26.1%.

Last year was its best since it began reporting data in 2014 for hiring of Black+ and Latinx+ US workers, with 8.8% of overall hires coming from each of those groups compared with 5.5% for Black+ in 2019 and 6.6% for Latinx+.

Still, just 1.8% of technology hires were Black+ women and an equal share Latinx+ women.

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Google reports soaring attrition among Black women

One America News Network 02 July, 2021 - 02:01pm

(Reuters) – Workers identifying as “Black+” or “Latinx+” left Alphabet Inc’s Google at higher rates last year than in 2019, the company said on Thursday in its latest annual diversity report https://static.googleusercontent.com/media/diversity.google/en//annual-report/static/pdfs/google_2021_diversity_annual_report.pdf, highlighting a persistent challenge to growing representation.

What Google calls an attrition index, with 100 as a baseline, registered at 121 last year for Black+ workers in the United States compared with 112 in 2020. For Latinx+ employees, it jumped to 105 last year from 97. Attrition soared to 146 from 110 for Black+ women, though it fell to 81 from 93 for Latinx+ women.

For White+, attrition dropped to 112 from 117, falling across both men and women.

Google last year committed to increasing retention of racial minorities and other groups by increasing support staffing and programs. But some people from underrepresented backgrounds have said they continue to feel unwelcome in the tech industry, and they also remain high in demand elsewhere as companies compete to increase diversity.

Google declined to comment beyond its new report, which noted room for improvement in retaining underrepresented talent but added some new training and practices are showing promising results.

Civil rights groups and activist investors are pressuring Silicon Valley companies such as Google to bring more women and racial minorities into leadership, contending that better business results would follow.

Google did make some strides. The company nearly doubled the number of Black+ people in U.S. leadership to 7.1% last year and increased the number of women globally in leadership to 28.9% from 26.1%.

Last year was its best since it began reporting data in 2014 for hiring of Black+ and Latinx+ U.S. workers, with 8.8% of overall hires coming from each of those groups compared with 5.5% for Black+ in 2019 and 6.6% for Latinx+.

Still, just 1.8% of technology hires were Black+ women and an equal share Latinx+ women.

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Google diversity report shows increased attrition rate for Black women

CNET 01 July, 2021 - 06:56pm

Google increased the number of people who identify as Black and Latino that it hired in 2020 compared with the previous year, but the internet giant is also grappling with higher rates of Black and Latino employees leaving the company, Google said Thursday in its annual diversity report.

New hires of Black people increased to 8.8% in 2020 from 5.5% a year earlier, and hiring of Latino workers increased to 8.8% in 2020 from 6.6% a year earlier. But attrition rates for employees from those groups also increased.

Google's attrition index, which uses 100 as a baseline, showed 121 for Black employees in the US in 2020 compared with 112 in the previous year. Attrition for Latino employees increased to 105 from 97 over that same time period.

Attrition among Black female employees ballooned to 146 from 110, while it declined from 93 to 81 for Latina employees. Attrition also declined for white employees, falling from 117 to 112.

"When it comes to our efforts to retain underrepresented talent, we have room for improvement," Google said in its report, adding that it's holding itself accountable for anti-racism among its ranks.

Silicon Valley has been under an intense spotlight the past couple of years when it comes to diversity among its workforces, and with the increased scrutiny, tech companies have also dedicated money and resources toward shifting their demographics.  

Google made a slew of commitments last year aimed at increasing racial equity among its ranks, including adding more Black employees, as well as employees from other "underrepresented groups," to its leadership ranks. It also said it would increase investments in places including Atlanta and Washington, DC -- cities with large Black populations.

Google did make progress in 2020 toward increasing diversity in its leadership ranks, nearly doubling the number of Black people in US leadership positions, to 7.1% from 3.6% the year before.

Google Is Hiring More Black People But Struggling to Retain Them

Yahoo Finance 01 July, 2021 - 06:16pm

The company said 8.8% of Google’s U.S. hires were “Black+,” compared with 5.5% the previous year, representing the largest gain among all racial groups. Attrition, however, also increased among Black employees and other racial minority groups, with Black women having the highest jump in the metric, the Alphabet Inc. company said Thursday in its annual diversity report. The company uses the plus designation to include people who identify as multiple races.

Google made a big push to hire more Black employees last year, after the police murder of George Floyd sparked worldwide protests in support of racial justice. The company pledged in October to double the number of “Black+” Googlers by 2025, and by the same year, wants to increase people from underrepresented groups in senior roles by 30%. The internet giant was one of the first tech companies to compile a diversity report, in 2014, but has shown slow progress in changing the racial and gender diversity of its staff despite rapidly expanding its workforce since then.

“We recognize the platform that we have and the brand position that we have, and we know that there are other companies that are watching us, looking at us,” Melonie Parker, Google’s chief diversity officer, said in a video Thursday. “And we want to make sure that we don’t just show our successes, but that we show the areas that we need to get better as well.”

The Mountain View, California-based company measures attrition on a scale that sets 100 as the benchmark. Among Black women, the number jumped to 146 in the 2021 report, from 110 in 2020. Native American women, Latinx men and Asian men also left the company at higher rates.

Overall, Google’s U.S. workforce is just more than 50% White, 42% Asian, 6.4% Latinx, 4.4% Black and 0.8% Native American -- representing slight changes from the figures reported in 2020. The biggest differences were a 1.3 percentage point decline for White employees and just less than a 1 percentage point gain among Black employees. The company’s U.S. staff is about 32% female and 68% male -- a similar gender breakdown as Google’s global workforce.

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What Google calls an attrition index, with 100 as a baseline, registered at 121 last year for Black+ workers in the United States compared with 112 in 2020. For Latinx+ employees, it jumped to 105 last year from 97. Attrition soared to 146 from 110 for Black+ women, though it fell to 81 from 93 for Latinx+ women.

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Google reports soaring attrition among Black women

Yahoo Finance 01 July, 2021 - 04:05pm

  (Reuters) - Workers identifying as "Black+" or "Latinx+" left Alphabet Inc's Google at higher rates last year than in 2019, the company said on Thursday in its latest annual diversity report https://static.googleusercontent.com/media/diversity.google/en//annual-report/static/pdfs/google_2021_diversity_annual_report.pdf, highlighting a persistent challenge to growing representation. 

  What Google calls an attrition index, with 100 as a baseline, registered at 121 last year for Black+ workers in the United States compared with 112 in 2020. For Latinx+ employees, it jumped to 105 last year from 97. Attrition soared to 146 from 110 for Black+ women, though it fell to 81 from 93 for Latinx+ women. 

  For White+, attrition dropped to 112 from 117, falling across both men and women. 

  Google last year committed to increasing retention of racial minorities and other groups by increasing support staffing and programs. But some people from underrepresented backgrounds have said they continue to feel unwelcome in the tech industry, and they also remain high in demand elsewhere as companies compete to increase diversity. 

  Google declined to comment beyond its new report, which noted room for improvement in retaining underrepresented talent but added some new training and practices are showing promising results. 

  Civil rights groups and activist investors are pressuring Silicon Valley companies such as Google to bring more women and racial minorities into leadership, contending that better business results would follow. 

  Google did make some strides. The company nearly doubled the number of Black+ people in U.S. leadership to 7.1% last year and increased the number of women globally in leadership to 28.9% from 26.1%. 

  Last year was its best since it began reporting data in 2014 for hiring of Black+ and Latinx+ U.S. workers, with 8.8% of overall hires coming from each of those groups compared with 5.5% for Black+ in 2019 and 6.6% for Latinx+. 

  Still, just 1.8% of technology hires were Black+ women and an equal share Latinx+ women. 

  (Reporting by Paresh Dave; Editing by Richard Chang) 

Editor’s note: This story was originally published June 4, 2014.

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