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Men outnumber women at Twitter by seven to three

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Thu Jul 24 2014, 12:24
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TWITTER'S OFFICES are stuffed with mostly men, according to a diversity report put out by the firm.

The report posted to the Twitter blog finds that men outnumber women in all departments, adding that the imbalance is most apparent in the technology teams, where there are nine men for every woman.

The firm acknowledged that there is a jarring discrepancy in its offices, but said that this is something that is common throughout the industry. We have heard that Google, for example, is loaded with young, white males.

Overall, white men dominate the Twitter office population, and across all departments - technical, non-technical, industry and leadership - the line-up looks like the worst kind of party. Just 30 percent of the blue bird's flock are women.

The highest proportion of white workers is to be found in the leadership team, where 72 percent of personnel probably wear chinos at the weekend. In the other three areas the white male contingent varies between 58 and 60 percent.

Women are the most outnumbered in the technology team, but the gender discrepancy is more broadly based. In the leadership team men outnumber women 79 percent to 21 percent. Women are best represented in non-technical roles where they fill a 50 percent share of positions.

"We know the critical importance of actively recruiting from under-represented communities such as women's colleges and historically black colleges and universities. And to continue improving our diversity standing, we have partnered with many organizations to move the needle at Twitter," explained Twitter.

"We are keenly aware that Twitter is part of an industry that is marked by dramatic imbalances in diversity - and we are no exception. By becoming more transparent with our employee data, open in dialogue throughout the company and rigorous in our recruiting, hiring and promotion practices, we are making diversity an important business issue for ourselves." µ


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