Intel so far this year has achieved 43.4% hiring of women and minorities according to its 2016 Mid-Year Diversity and Inclusion Report. The report also provides further detail on the company’s diversity as well as its strong support for LGBTQ equal rights.
Women and Minorities at Intel
The percentage of women working at Intel is at its highest level since 2002, at 25.5%. Gains were made in hiring women to leadership positions as well as in increasing the number of women in technical roles.
Hiring underrepresented minorities increased 11% from last year. The absolute number of underrepresented minority hires increased by 35% since Intel’s 2015 Mid-Year Report. The company states it still has “much work to do” as overall minority representation remained stagnant at 12.3% compared to 12.4% last year.
Hiring African Americans grew to 4.7%, while representation grew to 3.7%. Among Hispanics, hiring grew to 8.1%, while representation fell to 8.0%. And among Native Americans, hiring grew to 0.3%, while representation increased to 0.6%
Pay equity for minorities is at 99%, the report revealed. The company says its goal is for 100% equity within the next quarter.
Multi-gender, one-stall restrooms are now in buildings at Intel’s major U.S. sites. The components maker also divulged that it joined 67 other major companies in challenging a component of North Carolina’s H.B. 2 law. The law mandates that transgender people be forced to use a restroom corresponding to the gender on their birth certificates in public facilities.
Intel also announced an expansion of benefits to transgender employees.
Supporting the Pipeline
The report also revealed the result of Intel’s efforts to diversify the talent pipeline. This year, more than 45% of its interns were female and/or minority. This summer, Intel will host more than 55 scholars who come from the company’s Diversity in Technology investments.
The company is introducing a computer science program to three high schools in Arizona’s Navajo Nation. It also expanded support of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley’s Latinos in Technology Scholarship program.