LinkedIn releases workforce diversity report

13 Jun 2014

Following Google’s own report, business networking site LinkedIn has released its own diversity report, which shows a white, male-dominated corporate structure.

LinkedIn released its diversity report on its blog, much in the same way as Google. The two pie charts displayed represent LinkedIn's worldwide gender breakdown while its ethnicity figures applied to the US only.

From its figures, the male/female ratio is 61:39 from a total of 5,400 employees, which puts LinkedIn as slightly more diverse than Google, which had a ratio of 70:30 in terms of men to women.

 In terms of ethnicity in the US amongst its employees, 53pc are white, 38pc Asian, 4pc black, 2pc Hispanic and others making up 3pc.

Once again, this would show LinkedIn to be slightly ahead of the curve as Google’s report showed that 61pc of its employees are white.

Noticing its shortcomings, LinkedIn has stated it is working with a number of organisations involved with promoting diversity within the workplace and encouraging young adults from various backgrounds into employment, including Year Up, DevelopHer and Management Leadership for Tomorrow.

Pat Wadors, LinkedIn’s head of talent, said in the blog post that while it’s easy for tech companies, such as LinkedIn, to form partnerships with organisations that can promote a more balanced workplace diversity, there is a cycle of responsibility associated with transparency.

"This is why we thought it important to publish our own numbers regarding diversity at LinkedIn – to better ensure this accountability. And we will consistently measure ourselves and look for ways to improve.” 

Colm Gorey
By Colm Gorey

As an award-winning editor for Consumer Magazine of the Year 2013, Colm joined Siliconrepublic.com in January 2014 as a journalist covering AI, IoT, science and anything that will get us to Mars quicker. When not trying to get his hands on the latest gaming release, he can be found lost in a sea of Wikipedia articles on obscure historic battles and countries that don't exist anymore or watching classic Simpsons episodes far too many times to count.

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