Yahoo Reveals Not-So-Diverse Workforce

Yahoo does the same as other Silicon Valley companies, employs mostly men and mostly white

Silicon Valley has a serious trouble with diversity in the workforce, it seems. After Google and LinkedIn revealed some of their numbers, Yahoo followed suit and exposed its own stats, which, while still terrible, are slightly better than in other places.

“Today, we are happy to join others in the tech industry in disclosing specifics around the diversity of Yahoo’s workforce. The charts below detail gender and ethnicity statistics (as self reported) and how they break out across technical, non-technical and leadership roles across the company,” Yahoo writes.

For instance, according to Yahoo, the company’s workface is mostly made out of males and white people.

On a global level, Yahoo employs 37 percent women and 62 percent men, while 1 percent chose not to disclose this information. As far as ethnicity goes, in the US, Yahoo has 50 percent white employees and 39 percent Asian. Hispanics make up 4 percent of Yahoo’s workforce, while black people are only present with a 2 percent ratio.

The company’s tech leadership is 85 percent made up of men, while women have the upper hand (52 percent) for non-tech leading jobs. Overall, only 23 percent of Yahoo’s execs are women, which indicates yet another sad trend within Silicon Valley.

In the United States, 78 percent of the company’s leaders are white. Breaking down the numbers shows, however, that people of Asian descent occupy 57 percent of the leading tech jobs, while white employees take over 63 percent of the non-tech exec jobs.

This is what Yahoo's workforce looks like
This is what Yahoo's workforce looks like
“These statistics are only a part of the story - Yahoo works to ensure that our existing employees feel welcome and supported during their time at the company. We have a wide range of Employee Resource Groups that serve people of diverse backgrounds and are highly engaged in their respective communities. For example, Yahoo received a 100% Corporate Equality Index score and was named a ‘Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality’,” Yahoo notes in a blog post.

The company writes that, at Yahoo, the goal is to create a workplace culture that attracts and retains all talents, regardless of background, and to help out people grow to their full potential.

While Yahoo’s numbers are still bad, they’re slightly better than those of competing companies. It does seem however, that Yahoo has no qualms about the imbalance in its work field. At the very least, Google has admitted that it has a lot to work on and that things are far from what it has been hoping to achieve, but that it is working to fix things.


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