Diversity report shows Apple’s U.S. workforce still mainly white

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Apple has pledged to do more on the diversity front.
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Apple’s U.S. workforce is a bit more diverse than it was a year ago, but still predominantly white and male, suggests the most recent EEO-1 Federal Employer Information report.

According to newly-released figures, roughly 30 percent of Apple’s U.S. employees are female, around 8.6 percent are African-American, and 11.7 percent are hispanic or Latino. That’s marginally up from 29 percent female, 8 percent African-American, and 11.5 percent hispanic and Latino in 2014.

Close to 83 percent of Apple’s senior execs and managers are male, with 83.5 percent also white.

The push for diversity has been an ongoing issue, particularly in the tech industry, as of late. Recently Apple was pushed by an investor to rethink its executive line after it was criticized for being a, “little bit too vanilla” in its hiring. In the aftermath, Apple was asked to promote an “accelerated recruitment policy,” although it has argued against this.

The subject was also recently in the news when Apple’s Director of Worldwide Inclusion & Diversity was hired away by Twitter — prompting an online backlash after it was found that he was a white male.

Personally, I always find stories like this troubling. Apple should be hiring the best person, regardless of gender and ethnicity. Certainly, people from every background should be made aware of the possibilities of getting jobs in STEM fields — and I’d support any bill which enhances emphasis on these subjects — but jumping on Apple for not imposing overnight quotas seems reductive and downright damaging.

Rather than looking at the percentage of women and minorities employed by Apple in the U.S., wouldn’t it make more sense to compare the company’s recent hires with the percentage of women, African-American and hispanic and Latino people graduating at the top of the class in the areas Apple is looking to recruit?

Am I wrong? Leave your thoughts on this complex topic below.

Source: Apple

Via: Apple Insider

  • doctorSpoc

    C’mon man… There is almost never just ‘one best person for a job’ there is usually a pool of people fully qualified for a job… all they’re asking is that if that pool of qualified candidates has an underrepresented group pick that person… that’s it! No one is asking anyone to hire unqualified people… stop perpetuating this nonsense!

    • Luke Dormehl

      I’m not trying to “perpetuate nonsense,” I’m trying to legitimately discuss a topic that I think is far too complex to be solved with quotas and the like. Are you suggesting that Apple is actually looking at a pool of identically-qualified candidates and choosing to nefariously hire white males instead of anyone else then?

      • doctorSpoc

        What you’re missing is that a diversity is not a good will thing… Apple sells globally to a diverse market and as such there are real, business reasons why it’s desirable to have people who are designing products, selling products, negotiating contracts, tax incentives etc reflect and have the perspective of the markets that Apple deals with… ditto for management team etc… this is not some kind of hand out, if that’s what you’re insinuating… this is good for Apple on many levels… this is something that Apple needs to push because it’s good for Apple’s bottom line…. from what I’ve read Tim Cooke agrees with that sentiment and articulates this quite well… only conflict being he just wants to use his own plan to achieve diversity and doesn’t want to be dictated to…

    • v1_rotate

      I agree, there are always a group of qualified applicants, However, Apple makes a practice of hiring the best, and not just the fully qualified. All college graduates have degrees, but few graduate with honors. Even within an elite group of applicants, you’ll find points of differentiation.

  • v1_rotate

    Quotas cannot determine the right candidate for a position. When diversity quotas are implemented, you will have people knowingly hired for the color of their skin, and not the level of their skill. Is that not blatant racism? I think it better to examine the number of minorities that applied for the positions, then compare those numbers to the percentages that get hired. Only then do you have a quantifiable number to determine what the hiring practices really are. But that means that you’ve got to get those demographics up front, and that’d be wrong, wouldn’t it?

    Side note: Putting a line in your text defending Apple’s HR practices, with a title like you’ve got here, seems a bit contradictory doesn’t it?

    • Luke Dormehl

      It can be a challenge to choose the right headline to summarize a complex story, but I don’t think the headline is at odds with what I’ve written in this case, is it? I mean, the diversity report does show that Apple’s U.S. workforce is mainly white — the disagreement is whether this is something Apple should be responsible for changing.

      • v1_rotate

        Perhaps I’m being to sensitive. Considering I’m a white male of a certain age, I feel as though I’ve been given a handful labels that I didn’t ask for.

      • doctorSpoc

        But you’ve got this bass akwards Apple/Tim Cooke has already come to the conclusion that there are real, concrete, business reasons for Apple to be diverse… the only issue is HOW they get there, not IF they get there….

  • bIg hIlL

    “Apple In More Wogs Wanted Scandal”

  • Denise Warner

    By “white,” they mean “including Asians.”

  • SBacklin

    I’m with Luke. I find stuff like this troubling….very troubling. I think any sensible person would already agree that people need to be hired based on skills, experience and credentials. Race should NEVER play a factor. I’d say until someone can definitively prove that Apple is racially biased in their hiring practices. Leave them alone. Obviously, what they have been doing is working for them.

    When people start pitching a fit because there isn’t enough black, hispanics or asians, etc, they become part of the racial problem. Those people effectively turn the tables and create a racially charged atmosphere that is biased against whites. This entirely defeats the purpose to being inclusive. Also, when you keep bringing race up just like this situation, the racial problem will NOT go away.

    • Luke Dormehl

      Where I can totally agree with the macro point is that everyone should have an equal shot at a job. If only gender and ethnic background are going into, say, engineering, then someone should explore why this is — and whether people are not getting the educational opportunities they need to become interested in that field. But once you’re dealing with a post-college level of jobseekers it seems arbitrary to insist that Apple discriminates by hiring people based on anything other than their skill.

      • SBacklin

        If only one gender/ethnicity is going into a field such as engineering, then it would be worth looking into. I’ve read various things over the last few months where people were calling Apple racists because there wasn’t enough non-whites. I find it outrageous. Its easy to jump on a PC bandwagon but, here its innocent until proven guilty. That’s why in my OP I said for those people to leave Apple alone unless they can definitively prove Apple specifically chose said employees because of their race.

    • Marcus Garvey

      White people need to understand that telling minorities to “Close your eyes and stop talking about it” is never going to make the racial problem go away. It isn’t minorities job to make whites non racist. That is your job. No one is making anything biased against whites. Whites will always be the majority with jobs and money. STOP claiming this is reverse racism. IT ISN’T. Many minorities are overlooked simply because their name isn’t white enough. YES their is racial bias in hiring practices. Whether its consciously or subconsciously.

      • SBacklin

        I never said it would go away. My point was that by constantly bringing it up or making it about race does not help it go away and in fact, helps make it worse as explained above.

        I’m sorry but when people start calling for people to be hired based on skin color then yes, IT IS reverse racism.

        Also, I never said, that racism doesn’t exist. Prove Apple is biased in their hiring practices then come talk to me. Just because its PC to say there is and jump on the PC bandwagon doesn’t make it true. I’m so beyond sick and tired of people crying race any chance they get just because its in thing to do and/or because one thinks it will get them something. Not everyone is racist and this pandering is what hurts everyone.

        Also, you’re last sentence is what anyone would call manufactured racism. Another way to look at it is this. I’m choosing to believe that Apple isn’t racially biased in their hiring practices and since we are a country where we’re innocent until proven guilty, its perfectly right to say that there isn’t a racial problem at Apple and thus you’re statements do construe the aforementioned manufactured racism.

        Lastly, something that peeves me is this. Its there and not their.

      • Marcus Garvey

        To sum up your post….”Stop complaining about racism. You can’t prove individuals in HR are racist so we’ll continue to ignore the years worth of data and studies that have shown otherwise. I am a white man and I say reverse racism is real! How dare you pick from a pool of qualified minorities instead of a group of white men??? White men make up the majority of the most successful and rich, can’t you see it isn’t fair to us white men????”…..yawn. Just because you get tired of hearing about race doesn’t mean we’ll stop talking about it. Not talking about it will never make it go away and bringing it up will in your words, “only make it worse” because whites have that privilege of doing so. So sorry that you get annoyed with hearing the plight of minorities all the time. Imagine having to actually live with it.

      • SBacklin

        Let me point out where your logic is flawed. “Years worth of data and studies”. Right there is where you made a mistake. Does any of that data specifically say that Apple is biased in their hiring process? No, see, you’re trying to take statistical data that shows various HR people across many companies may be biased or are biased and then saying “oh that must mean Apple is too” and then saying it has to be so. Thats exactly like if I went out and found a statistic that said 1 in 5 people (just a example) had HIV. I could go pick 5 people up off the street and get them tested and the results could easily show that NONE of them have HIV, why? Because the application of statistical data cannot be applied in situations just like these. You have to prove when you make specific accusations and you cannot change the charge to HR in general, covering multiple companies when you’re losing the argument. You come here saying Apple is biased. Prove it. Until then, quit going around and being a race baiter. Its thinking like yours that HELPS keep the racial divide alive. In other words, you’re not helping. Lastly, you said “you can’t prove individuals in HR are racists so we’ll continue to ignore…..”. Yes, why? Because people are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty and what you’re doing is saying is Apple is guilty until proven innocent. Prove their guilt and until then…shut it…I just love the permanent victim mentality you’re putting forth. I applaud the fact you want to try and make it better for all but, how you’re going about it is wrong, plain and simple. Doing it the way you are going about it makes you just as bad as the people you are making a case about. Think about that for a while. That said, I see we’re staring to rehash points and so I’ve said what needs to be said. I’m moving onto other topics. If I can’t get you to see where you’re wrong on this, then we’ll agree to disagree and with that I’m done.

      • Marcus Garvey

        We just have to agree to disagree. Because yes im assuming that years worth of statistical data is applied to ALL. Want to know why? A little thing called SYSTEMIC RACISM. As in…a system that expands not just one company…but the whole structure of our society. Our society ingrains these racist ideals into our heads, so its only fair to assume that people apply these ideals in their day to day lives. Whether consciously or sub-consciously. I know it hurts to admit the reality of it because that would mean you would have to take a step back and look in the mirror. There is no permanent victim mentality…only truths that we dare to speak on. At the end of the day…white men are the most successful people in this country, hiring a few minorities isn’t going to hurt you one bit.

  • Marcus Garvey

    The fact that you think every person of color that is hired for diversity is underqualified just shows how racist some people are. The “quotas” are there because qualified minorities are simply overlooked because of their color. No one is saying hire a minority with no skills or talent over the smartest white man to ever walk the earth. We are simply saying to get a pool of well qualified minorities and choose from there. Whether you choose to believe it or not, minorities are overlooked because of race. Many minority families choose to name their kids the whitest names possible simply because their resumes won’t get tossed in the trash. Cmon man..

    • Luke Dormehl

      So you’re saying that Apple is explicitly biased in its hiring decisions?

      • Marcus Garvey

        Apple as a company? Of course not. Individuals scattered throughout the many HR offices they have? More than likely.

      • SBacklin

        Its all assumptions. Until one can prove anywhere, in any company that there is racial bias, its assumptions and manufactured racism.

        It makes me think of an article I read about a community college in Oregon where they were literally turning their school into one huge PC campus. I was so flabbergasted at what I read. I could only describe it as they were going to be teaching students that all whites should be guilty of something and teaching that all minorities were some kind of victim class. I would never want that taught. Teach all students that everyone is equal that is how you really begin to make things right for everyone, whites, minorities and all.

      • Marcus Garvey

        Teach students the reality….on paper everyone is equal but in the real world that is far from the case. No matter how much you preach it there will always be racism towards non whites and sadly diversity quotas are the only way to combat it and ensure everyone gets a fair shot. Because many HR people will overlook a resume with the name Sha’queisha before they do a resume with the name Susie. Its not assumptions…its fact.

      • Luke Dormehl

        But is it? There are plenty of reports that suggest just the opposite. I think my issue with this is that, while I don’t think you’re wrong about some of the bigger issues here, diversity quotas are not “the only way” to solve the problem. Doesn’t it make more sense to ensure that STEM fields are pushed at an educational level?

      • SBacklin

        They are definitely not the way. You’re right. Its hypocritical and reverse racism. Those people with Marcus’s thinking just don’t even want it to be called that but that’s exactly what it is.

      • Marcus Garvey

        Unfortunately…we can’t stop white people from being racist. And since they are the ones that hold the power, forcing them to hire qualified minorities is the only way to ensure that some of us get a fair shot.

    • JJ

      There is no proof that Apple does not hire someone because of their color. I can also say that maybe Apple does not hire someone of color because they are over qualified and too smart for the position. Went to Del Taco the other day and not a single white person was working there. What a racist company Del Taco is.

      • Marcus Garvey

        Not a single white person was working there because no one wants to work at Del Taco. Systemic racism ensures that minorities get the short end of the stick.

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    This is liberalism gone berserk. And people wonder why Donald Trump is winning? You hire people based on skills not skin color.

    • Marcus Garvey

      Donald Trump is winning because American whites lost their minds seeing a black man get elected.

      • Mohammad Ridwan

        I’m not white and I support Donald Trump. BTW what you said is incredibly racist but according to libtard logic it’s ONLY racist when you generalize against non-white folks, amirite?

      • Marcus Garvey

        Guessing by the fact you support trump and use the term “libtard”…I can guarantee you’re white. And im only generalizing white people that are right wing. Im not judging the whites that voted for Obama.

      • Mohammad Ridwan

        Uh huh.. still living inside that rainbow unicorn filled liberal utopian bubble I see. Keep dreaming sweet prince.

      • Marcus Garvey

        Uh huh…still trying to get the south to “rise ‘gin” and go back to the good old days when minorities were quiet about the problems they faced. I bet you think MLK was a republican that would denounce BLM too LOL

      • Mohammad Ridwan

        He would. BLM is a disgrace to black people. All lives matter,

      • Marcus Garvey

        If you think saying Black lives matter means others don’t…then you are definitely a racist. If Black lives have to matter for ALL lives to matter genius. MLK wasn’t the white washed good little negro America has made him into. He and Malcolm X were becoming closer and closer right up until one of you assassinated him.

  • JJ

    It’s really simple. More none white citizens should create more companies and hire their own. It’s natural to hire your own kind in your own establishment. Go to any Mexican or Chinese restaurants and tell me if there is a white staff working there. NONE. It’s not fair for a white person to establish a big company and be forced to hire non whites just for diversity’s sake. Although I am sure that companies owned by white people do hire non whites when they see that he or she is a good fit.

  • Jee Rant

    according to the last census, the US is still mostly (77%) white. So isn’t this assumption a rational one?

  • Brian

    Since 8.6 percent are African-American, and 11.7 percent are Hispanic or Latino, is it assumed that the rest – about 80% – are White? What is the proportion of East Asians and Indians? I find it funny how diversity watch dogs do not consider Asians and Indian Americans part of being diverse.