Google’s diversity problem in charts

A staggering number of staff are white or Asian men

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Google has admitted that a staggering proportion of its workforce consists of white or Asian men.

"We're still not where we want to be when it comes to diversity," the tech giant said alongside data from January that shows 70 per cent of Google’s workforce is male, rising to almost 80 per cent at the most senior level.

Google’s demographic breakdown reveals that the stereotypes of white and Asian men working in technology is still a reality, and those companies have a long way to go to address the issue.

Women were particularly badly represented in tech jobs such as software engineering and project management, at just 18 per cent of the workforce. This was actually a 1 per cent improvement on 2014, thanks to a concerted effort to hire more women in tech roles.

Only 2 per cent of Google workers are black people and 3 per cent were Hispanic people, much lower than the US average of 12 per cent of black people and 14 per cent of Hispanic people.

"It's going to take time to get there, but we're on the road to increasing access to opportunity for everyone," Google said.