The number of Hispanic and black people in leadership and technical roles at Facebook has seen nominal growth, the company’s 2020 diversity report shows.
The report provides a breakdown of Facebook’s global workforce by gender and race, as well as type of role—leadership, which includes the director level and above, technical and non-technical.
Since 2014, female leadership roles at Facebook have steadily increased, from 23 percent in 2014 to 34.2 percent this year. However, the progress pales in comparison to the number of male leaders, which although has decreased, remains high, at 65.8 percent (down from 77 percent in 2014).
More men than women work in Facebook’s technical roles too—75.9 percent male vs. 24.1 percent female. Whereas women outnumber the amount of men in non-technical roles at 58.5 percent over 41.5 percent.
Black employees held just two percent of leadership roles in 2014. Today, that number remains low, at 3.4 percent. The number of black employees in technical roles has barely managed to double, growing from one percent in 2014 to 1.7 percent in 2020.
Black employees have seen the most growth in non-technical roles, those that don’t require specialization and knowledge needed to accomplish mathematical, engineering or scientific related tasks.
Overall, black people account for a mere 3.9 percent of all jobs at Facebook.
Progress in leadership roles for Hispanics has stalled even more—in 2014, Hispanics represented four percent of leadership roles, yet the figure dropped to three percent and stayed there until 2018, when it grew to 3.3 percent. This year, 4.3 percent of Hispanic employees are in leadership roles. The number of Hispanic employees in technical roles has also increased, albeit minimally—from three percent in 2014 to 4.3 percent this year.
Hispanic employees represent 6.3 percent of Facebook’s global workforce.
Asians seem to be faring the best across the board, accounting for 44.4 percent of all roles, 25.4 percent of leadership roles, 53.4 percent of technical roles and 24.5 percent of non-technical roles.
Those who identify as two races or more account for 3.4 percent of leadership jobs and 3.2 percent of technical jobs.
Facebook has significantly reduced the amount of white people it employs, with all white-held jobs dropping from 57 percent in 2014 to 41 percent this year.
It appears Facebook is promoting racial equity in other ways. In October 2016, Facebook launched its Supplier Diversity program to help support the growth of diverse suppliers, which it defines as companies certified as owned by minorities, women, disabled people, members of LGBTQ and veterans. Facebook says it has spent over $1.1 billion working with these types of companies in the US, spending $515 million on the program alone in 2019.
In January, Facebook rolled out the Supplier Diversity program globally and committed to spending a minimum of $100 million with black-owned companies.