Microsoft Workforce Is 70 Percent Male, 60 Percent White

Xbox maker releases diversity statistics that are similar to Google and Facebook.

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Microsoft has released new workplace diversity statistics, showing that the company is about 70 percent male and 60 percent white. The Xbox maker published the statistics to its website recently, and even launched a new diversity and inclusion online portal that goes in-depth about the numbers.

As of September 30, Microsoft's global staff was 71 percent male and 29 percent female. 60.6 percent of employees are Caucasian, 28.9 percent Asian, 5.1 percent Hispanic/Latino, 3.5 percent African American/Black, 1.2 percent multi-racial, .5 percent American Indian/Alaska Native, and .3 percent Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander.

Microsoft matches up pretty closely with other big-name tech companies, including Google and Facebook, which both feature a similar male-to-female ratio and race breakdown.

GameSpot sister site Zdnet reports that the percentage of Microsoft's female workforce is up 5 percentage points, from 24 percent to 29 percent, compared to last year. In addition, the number of Microsoft senior executive women and minorities jumped from 24 percent to 27 percent, while the percentage of women and minorities on the Microsoft board of directors rose from 33 percent to 40 percent year-over-year.

Microsoft's executive vice president of human resources, Lisa Brummel, said in an email to employees that there is still "much work" to be done regarding Microsoft's diversity. "Diversity and inclusion are a business imperative. Diversity needs to be a source of strength and competitive advantage for us," she said. You can read the full email on Zdnet.

When looking at Microsoft tech jobs alone, the gender gap increases to 82.9 percent male and 17.1 percent female. A similar breakdown can be found among Microsoft leadership, where 82.7 percent of jobs belong to men. Microsoft's "non-tech" workforce is 55.5 percent male.

Microsoft did not share workplace diversity figures for the company's Xbox division, though we have followed up to try to track down those numbers.

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