Intel has failed to increase its proportion of African American and Hispanic employees despite the computer chip giant making a public pledge last year that it would ensure “full representation” by 2020.
The company revealed on Wednesday that just 3.34% of its tech workers are African American – exactly the same proportion as a year ago. The proportion of Hispanic tech workers decreased by 0.08 percentage points to 8.06% from 8.14% this time last year, when Intel’s chief executive Brian Krzanich announced a $300m drive to increase the diversity of its employee base.
The proportions have failed to increase because Intel has struggled to hire more new African American and Hispanic tech workers than are leaving the company, and at the same time the number of white and Asian staff has increased.
Krzanich said Intel, which is the only major technology company to publicly set a goal for increasing diversity, said 2015 had been “an amazing first year” but conceded that “we are far from done”.
The overall number of African American tech employees increased by 71 to 1,522 at the end of 2015, out of an overall headcount increase of 2,145, to 45,546. The number of Hispanics increased by 137. Over the same period the number of Asian employees went up by 1,456 and white staff numbers increased by 342.
In its annual diversity report, entitled Amazing Goals, Amazing Progress, the company said: “We exceeded our annual hiring goal, achieving 43.1% diverse hirings against a goal of 40%.”
The company increased female workers by 1,463 to 13,299 taking female representation to 24.8%, a 1.28 percentage point increase. The proportion of women in technical roles also increased by more than one percentage point to 20.15%. Intel said it also achieved gender pay parity for women at every level.
“I am so proud of our entire organization for these first year accomplishments. We met or exceeded our goals, and, perhaps more importantly, we contributed to the conversations happening across the industry,” Krzanich said. “We showed by example that transparency, data-based decision making and aggressive goal setting can move the needle on this important issue.
“We have continued the discipline of setting aggressive goals, engaging our leadership, and linking all employees’ pay to the results. And we will continue to work across the industry on the issues that challenge us all with the hope that, by working together, we can solve some of these tough issues even faster.”
Lack of diversity is a problem across Silicon Valley companies, with African Americans representing less than 2% of employees at Facebook and Twitter.
This article was written by Rupert Neate, for theguardian.com on Wednesday 3rd February 2016 19.37 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010