Facebook's latest diversity figures have revealed a one percent change in the number of female workers it employs, as the social networking giant remains a white male-dominated company.
Out of all of Facebook's US employees, 68 percent are men and 32 percent are women, compared to 2014 where the split was 69 percent male and 31 percent female.
This one percent change for both genders indicates minor progress for the social networking firm, which prompted Maxine Williams, global director of Diversity at Facebook, to say the company is not where it wants to be with its workforce split.
"There's more work to do," she wrote in a Facebook blog post. "We remain deeply committed to building a workplace that reflects a broad range of experience, thought, geography, age, background, gender, sexual orientation, language, culture and many other characteristics."
"It's a big task, one that will take time to achieve, but our whole company continues to embrace this challenge."
Facebook split its gender diversity figures into technology and non-technology divisions. In the former, 84 percent of employees are men, while 16 percent are women, a common trend in the technology industry.
For the non-technology division, Facebook has made more progress in shifting the gender divide; 48 percent of the workforce is male, while 52 percent are female.
In 2014, the split was in reverse, with 53 percent male and 47 percent female non-technology based employees.
In the senior leadership ranks of Facebook the gender divide has a male bias, 77 percent compared to 23 percent female, mirroring figures released in 2014.
Facebook has improved its ethnic diversity this year. While the majority of employees are white, the company now employs a slightly higher percentage of workers from other ethnicities.
Across the entire company's US employees, 55 percent are white while 36 percent are Asian, four percent Hispanic and two percent are black.
Comparatively, in 2014, the ethnicity split was 57 percent white, 34 percent Asian, four percent Hispanic and two percent black.
White and Asian ethnicities are dominant across the company, with the technology division being made up of 51 percent white and 43 percent Asian workers. In the non-technology division, this split is 62 percent white and 24 percent Asian.
Facebook's senior leadership is predominately white, with 73 of high ranking workers being white, in comparison to 21 percent Asian, three percent Hispanic and two percent black.
While Facebook may have improved the diversity gap between white and Asian ethnicities, it appears the company still needs to do more to improve the diversity of its workforce amongst underrepresented minorities such as black and Hispanic ethnicities.
V3 asked Facebook how its plans to address this problem, but the firm had nothing to add beyond the blog post.
Workforce diversity is a subject several major technology companies are taking on board, including Intel, which has pledged $300m to create a more diverse workforce by 2020.
Authors view: It is positive to see Facebook taking action to address diversity in its workforce, and to open up its figures for public scrutiny.
But it is abundantly clear that it will require a significant amount of effort and time for the firm to move from a white male-dominated company into one with a better gender balance and more ethnic diversity.
Nor is Facebook alone in this challenge. The technology industry on the whole is awash with male workers from mostly white and Asian ethnicities, while others are underrepresented.
This is an issue the industry needs to consider closely, as it is less a case of diversity for the sake of it, and more a need to gain an insight into the needs, interests and preferences of cultures and races not widely represented in the technology world.
This knowledge is valuable for companies who wish to reach new markets and develop new products, as with ethnic and cultural variety comes a diversity in thought, potentially leading to increased innovation, which is the lifeblood of the technology industry.
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