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August 1, 2014

eBay Ahead of Most Tech Firms for Workforce Diversity

eBay is the latest technology company to go public with the makeup of its workforce.

The e-retail giant, in a report revealing its workforce demographics, said it has made a concentrated effort to hire more women in the past three years.

The hiring campaign leaves eBay at the top of the heap when it comes to diversity. The firm’s global workforce is 42 percent female — far better than Google and Twitter with 30 percent and Facebook with 31 percent.

4094_656182Not only does eBay have more female employees, it also has more women in positions of leadership within the company than its peers. At 28 percent, eBay bests all of the other big names whose female leadership sits at about 20 percent.

“As our data shows, we have made progress in some areas. But we still have much work to do,” eBay said in a blog post.

“While we are committed to fostering all types of diversity, increasing the number of women in leadership roles has been an early focus. About three years ago, eBay Inc. President and CEO John Donahoe launched our Women’s Initiative Network (WIN). The mission of WIN is to attract and engage women to build lasting, successful careers in the company.

“Through WIN, we have more than doubled the number of women in leadership roles and increased the share of leadership positions held by women. And we have continued to expand WIN around the world.”

The company also reported its U.S. ethnicity stats. Although its workforce is predominantly white at 61 percent, so far, it has the largest percentage of black and Hispanic employees — at seven percent and five percent respectively — compared to Google, LinkedIn and Facebook. It also has the lowest number of Asian employees, however, at 24 percent.

“In common with others in our industry, we continue to work hard to recruit skilled technologists from diverse backgrounds,” eBay said. “We use career sites including Black Planet, Black Women Connect, African American Careers, National Society of Hispanic MBA’s and several others.

“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.


Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.