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Three in four leaders at Uber are white

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Uber has finally released its first ever diversity report after eight years of its founding – and the tech firm is no different from fellow powerhouses, Microsoft, Google and Facebook.

According to Uber’s diversity report, nearly half of its employees globally (49.8%) are white and barely one fifth (18.7%) comprise the minority races – i.e. black, Hispanic and multiracial.

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The figures become worse when it comes to representation in leadership roles. A staggering 76.7% of the company’s global leaders are white while only 3% of black and Hispanic employees are placed in significant leadership roles.

Uber leadership

“We need to do better and have much more work to do,” Liane Hornsey, Uber’s human resources chief, following the release of the reports.

Following the viral sexual harassment case that got Uber under close scrutiny, Uber’s latest diversity report is bound to come under fire as well.

Fortunately, Uber states that its hiring policies are improving, with the company committing three million U.S. dollars over the next three years, to support organisations working at bringing in more female and underrepresented groups into its technical sector.

Additionally, Honsey reports that as of last year, 41% of its new employees are females, which is 5% more than its overall proportion of women in the workforce. Uber’s pool of new hires also has a larger percentage of blacks and Hispanics than before.

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Natasha Ganesan

Human Resources Magazine Singapore

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