Apple hires 65% more women in the past year

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By Larry Banks

Apple says that it has hired more than 11,000 women around the world in the past year alone. That figure is 65% more than the last year, in the company’s bid to boost employee diversity.

Apple hires more women

“In the first 6 months of this year, nearly 50 percent of the people we’ve hired in the United States are women, Black, Hispanic, or Native American”, CEO Tim Cook said in a message on the Apple website.

However, Cook also said that there was still a lot more work to be done.

As of September last year Apple had 92,600 full-time employees.

In the past few months, various companies’ diversity reports have encourage a national debate in the US about the lack of diversity at some of the biggest tech companies in the world, and how they can work to improve gender and race ratios.

Google says that in June this year around 21% of new tech hires were women, which boosted overall numbers of women in mainly technical roles by 1 percent as part of its own efforts to increase diversity.

It remains to be seen how other tech companies will respond to the growing recognition that more women and minorities are needed in Silicon Valley.

SOURCE: Reuters.

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