eBay Sucks Slightly Less Than Others at DiversityBy: Josh Wolford - August 1, 2014
eBay just followed suit and released their gender and ethnic diversity figures, and it looks like the company have hurdled a pretty low bar. Or limboed a very high bar. Something easy.
According to eBay, their company is made up of 58 percent male employees. This beats Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, who have all released their diversity figures over the past couple of months (in that order).
On the high end, both Twitter and Google are 70 percent male, and on the low end Pinterest is 60 percent.
“As a leader in commerce and digital payments, we take diversity seriously. Since eBay was founded in 1995, we have believed in the power of technology to democratize commerce and create more opportunities for all. We believe in the same power of inclusion and opportunity inside our company. Enabling talented people to thrive matters. Diversity matters. It makes us stronger, and makes us better,” says eBay.
“We believe sustained commitment can make a demonstrable difference. And we are far from satisfied. We will continue to strive for progress, and a stronger, better, more diverse eBay.”
When it comes to ethnic diversity, eBay is 61 percent white – putting them somewhere in the middle of the other tech companies for that specific stat. But, with 5 percent and 7 percent respectively, eBay employs more Hispanic and Black workers than any of the other companies previously mentioned.
“We are committed to publishing this data annually. We hope such transparency by eBay and other companies in our industry will help foster constructive debate, partnership and progress,” says eBay.
As important as the company as a whole’s diversity figures are, the most telling sign that the tech world has a diversity problem comes in the leadership position diversity. Like all of the aforementioned companies, eBay skews heavily toward the white dudes. eBay’s leadership is 72 percent male and 72 percent white.
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