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Uber has released its first ever diversity report – joining the likes of Google, Facebook and Twitter – on how diversified its US and global employee bases are.

As with these other tech giants, Uber has an overwhelmingly white male employee and leadership workforce, but the company promises it’s working on employing more women and people of colour.

Global employee base

Uber’s global workforce consists of 63.9% men and 36.1% women. It’s European, Middle Eastern and African workforce is made up of 61% men and 39% women.

It’s technical division is overwhelmingly dominated by men at 84.6% and 15.4% women, while its non-tech division has almost 50% split with 55.6% men and 44.4% women.

Its leadership is made up of 78% men and 22% women.

In the past year, its hiring figures show 58.8% men and 41.2% women.

US employee base

Almost half (49.8%) of Uber’s US workforce is white, followed by 30.9% Asian, black (8.8%), 5.6% Hispanic, 4.3% multiracial and 0.6% categorised as “other”.

“Of course, we need to do better and have much more work to do. But we’ve made some strides in diversifying our workforce…we’re ramping up our presence at recruiting events around the country and our outreach to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs),” said Liane Hornsey, Uber’s Chief Human Resources Officer.

“Today, we’re committing $3 million over the next three years to support organisations working to bring more women and underrepresented groups into tech.”

“We’ll also be getting advice from diversity and inclusion experts, and from others in the tech sector who have been working on these issues for longer than we’ve been around—and who are working to make change happen. We’ll keep you updated about what we’re learning and, importantly, how we’re implementing the great ideas we hear about,” she added.

“Diversity and inclusion is a huge opportunity—the opportunity to use different experiences and ideas to build a better workplace and a better company. It’s amazing the progress you can make by harnessing employees’ differences for the collective good,” said Bernard Coleman III, Uber’s Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion.

You can read the full diversity report on Uber’s website.



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