Shortage of Women, Minorities in UBER workforce

Uber Technologies Inc. has released its first diversity report, showing that women and non-white employees are underrepresented at the ride-services company – just as they are at many other technology firms. Uber released the information after a series of revelations about its culture and business tactics that have incited calls for changes in senior management.

Uber’s workforce overall icomprised of 36% women, but that number falls to 15% when looking at employees with technical roles, the company said. By comparison, Alphabet Inc’s Google’s staff is 31% women, Twitter Inc’s is 37% women and messaging startup Slack’s workforce is 43% women, according to the companies’ websites.

Half of Uber’s total workforce is white, while Asians are the second-largest ethnic group at 31%, blacks make up nearly 9% and Hispanics account for less than 6%, according to the report.

However, when looking at just those employees with technical jobs, only 1% of Uber’s staff is black and 2% is Hispanic. “We need to do better and have much more work to do,” Liane Hornsey, Uber’s human resources chief, said.

Uber also announced in the report it was committing US$3mil (RM13.27mil) over the next three years to support organisations working to bring more women and underrepresented groups into tech. It did not say which organisations would benefit. Hornsey acknowledged that “It’s no secret that we’re late to release these numbers”. Technology companies, including startups, have released annual diversity reports for years. Uber was founded in 2009.

Uber said in its diversity report that its hiring practices are improving. Last year, Hornsey said, 41% of new employees were women, which is 5 percentage points more than the proportion of women in its overall workforce. Uber’s pool of new hires also has a larger percentage of blacks and Hispanics.

Source: Reuters

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