Facebook adds more women to its workforce

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Globally, the number of women working at Facebook has risen to 35 per cent, up from 33 in 2016 while their number in the technical department has risen by two per cent in the past year to 19 per cent, the company said.

According to a Facebook blog post on Wednesday, women now make up 27 per cent of all new graduate hires in engineering and 21 per cent of all new technical hires at Facebook.

“We’re committed to building a more diverse, inclusive Facebook — and will remain committed. Much like our approach to launching new products on our platform, we are willing to experiment and listen to feedback. We want to highlight three programs in particular,” Maxine Williams, Global Director of Diversity at Facebook said.

In the senior leadership roles, women make up 28 per cent of the total workforce that currently stands at more than 20,000.

In the US, Facebook has increased the representation of Hispanics from four per cent to five per cent, and Black people from two per cent to three per cent.

However, the figures continue to show the minorities forming small percentage of the company’s global workforce.

“It’s complicated. This is a reflection of a lot of societal issues that are not specific to tech,” a report in CNBC quoted Williams as saying.

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