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Microsoft's In-Depth Diversity Report Shows Progress Remains Slow

By CNET

November 13, 2019

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Microsoft's 2019 Diversity and Inclusion Report tells a well-worn story in the world of tech. When it comes to increasing diversity, progress is slow. 

Microsoft has been making public the gender, race, and ethnic breakdown of its employees since 2014. With the new 47-page document, it's going further in explaining its programs, partnerships, and strategies for increasing diversity and inclusion.

Microsoft mirrors many fellow tech heavyweights in being largely white and male. Plus, the percentage of women in technical roles is low, and the percentage of underrepresented groups is even lower. 

Across Microsoft, the percentage of women globally rose from 26.6% to 27.6% since 2018. In the United States, the percentage of black employees rose from 4.1% to 4.5%. Asians account for 33.1% of employees, up from 31.9% last year. Hispanics gained slightly, coming in at 6.3%, up from 6%. Finally, the percentage of white employees dropped from 55.1% to 53.2%.

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