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Google set to tackle severe lack of gender and racial diversity head-on

Google has publicly acknowledged the issue of diversity within by publishing employee gender and ethnicity stats.

According to the report, the company's workforce is currently 70 per cent male, with Caucasian workers leading the way at 61 per cent. This is in stark comparison with the African-American and Hispanic communities, which possess a representation of only two per cent and three per cent, respectively.

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Laszlo Bock, the senior vice president of People Operations said, "Put simply, Google is not where we want to be when it comes to diversity and it's hard to address these kinds of challenges if you're not prepared to discuss them openly, and with the facts."

A large proportion of the blame is being levelled at the education sector. Only 18 per cent of those earning computer science degrees are women and just five per cent are from African-American or Hispanic backgrounds.

Despite the current disparity, Bock says that strides are being made to tackle this issue. "We've invested a lot of time and energy in education," he said.

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Google has contributed over $40 million to organisations focused on women and computer science since 2010, as well as working with historically black universities in order to boost attendance.

The company also offers employee resource groups, such as the Asian, Black and Filipino Google Networks.