Intel is on track to achieve its goal of ensuring that over 40 percent of new hires in 2015 are female or from under-represented minorities as part of a major $300m initiative to improve diversity at the company.
The first diversity report from Intel tracking its efforts showed that 43.3 percent of new hires in 2015 so far fit its diversity criteria for women and under-represented minorities, and this includes roles in leadership positions.
This means there are now more African Americans and women working at the company than at the beginning of the year, and more women and under-represented minorities in leadership (classed as vice president and Senior Fellow) positions.
However, Intel has a long way to go to change the overall balance of its workforce. New data released by the company shows that 76 percent of staff in the US are male and 54.2 percent are Caucasian (see image above).
The situation is more extreme in Intel's top ‘leadership’ positions in the US, where 82.9 percent are male and 71.3 percent Caucasian (see image below).
This increases even further for senior positions in the US to 84.3 percent male. Intel's US technical workforce is similarly lop-sided at 80.5 percent male, while its global technical workforce is 79.9 percent male.
However, non-technical roles have a perfect 50 percent split between males and females, although 70 percent are Caucasian.
Chief diversity officer and vice president Rosalind Hudnell said that the company is pleased to be on target to achieve its diversity hiring goals in the first year of a five-year plan.
“Our team has used the same laser focus that has brought innovation to the world to the issue of diversity and inclusion. And while we have strengthened our focus in our programmes, systems and measurements, the game changer has been the level of accountability driven from the top,” she said.
“We look forward to continuing to share our progress openly, including what we are learning, what is going well and what is not. Our industry has a lot of work to do and it can best be done together.”
Intel chief executive Brian Krzanich also voiced his pleasure that the efforts to improve hiring are already working.
“As with the formidable technology challenges we tackle at Intel, we've set aggressive goals, invested resources to improve, and established metrics to hold ourselves accountable,” he said.
“This engineering approach to problem-solving is how we achieve the impossible, year after year, and is a hallmark of our culture.”
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