Apple says its gender pay gap has been fixed

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Divya Nag helped Apple engineers create ResearchKit and CareKit.
Divya Nag helped Apple engineers create ResearchKit and CareKit.
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Apple’s workforce became a little bit more diverse in 2016 according to the company’s annual Inclusion and Diversity report that was published today, revealing that minorities made up 54 percent of new U.S. hires.

The company is also hiring more women than ever and says it is finally paying women equal wages, and will continue to analyze the salaries, bonuses and annual stock grants of all employees worldwide to solve the gender pay gap once and for all.

Here’s part of the report:

“We’ve achieved pay equity in the United States for similar roles and performance. Women earn one dollar for every dollar male employees earn. And underrepresented minorities earn one dollar for every dollar white employees earn.”

Women now make up 32 percent of Apple’s overall workforce, a slight increase from the 31 percent mark the company set last year. Apple increased its global female new hires by 2 percent, rising to 37 percent, while under represented minorities made up 27 percent of new hires.

“Diversity is more than any one gender, race or ethnicity,” said Denise Young Smith, Apple’s VP of human resources. “It’s richly representative of all people, all backgrounds, and all perspectives. It is the entire human experience.”

Despite the small gains, Apple leadership remains an overwhelmingly 72 percent white. As for retail operations, 54 percent of new hires were minorities in 2016, while the company’s tech work force is 55 percent white and 27 percent Asian.