Key numbers from Apple’s Employee Diversity Report 2014
Yesterday Apple published its “Employee Diversity Report” which provides a demographic breakdown of Apple’s global and US-based workforce. The report reveals that out of the 98,000 employees that Apple has, 70% are male. Looking specifically at the US, approximately 55% of Apple’s workforce is White, 15% Asian, 11% Hispanic, and 7% Black.
Apple is committed to transparency, which is why we are publishing statistics about the race and gender makeup of our company. Let me say up front: As CEO, I’m not satisfied with the numbers on this page. They’re not new to us, and we’ve been working hard for quite some time to improve them. We are making progress, and we’re committed to being as innovative in advancing diversity as we are in developing our products. – Tim Cook
At my day job, we have been expanding our team, and I have been slightly involved in the hiring proccess. I strongly feel that having a diverse work-force is an extremely important goal for any company. That being said, I don’t think that it should be forced. The most important thing that needs to be ensured is that the person being hired is good for their job, irrespective of their demographic background. I think what companies “can” strive towards is to ensure that they are above the industry average.
Beyond the diversity numbers, what stood out to me is the story of one of Apple’s employees. Kim Paulk is a Specialist at the Apple Store on West 14th Street in Manhattan. Kim has a medical condition that has impaired her vision and hearing since she was a child. Customers rave about Kim’s service, and they say she embodies the best characteristics of Apple. Her guide dog, Gemma, is affectionately known around the store as the “seeing iDog.”