Microsoft releases new diversity numbers, says it’s ‘closer to the beginning of the journey than the end’

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Like much of the tech industry, Microsoft says it is focused on making its workplace more diverse and inclusive, and today the company gave a snapshot of how that effort is going.

In an update of its annual diversity numbers, the company is showing modest progress in getting better representation of women and minorities in technical and leadership roles, but executives say there is still a long way to go.

Lindsay-Rae McIntyre, Microsoft’s chief diversity officer. (Photo via Microsoft.)

Including LinkedIn, women represent 28 percent of the workforce at Microsoft as of June 30, up a percentage point from a year ago. Also on the rise is the share of women in technical roles — from 18.5 percent a year ago to 19.9 percent — and in leadership positions, from 18.8 percent a year ago to 19.7 percent today.

Minority representation grew slightly as well, with black employees rising from 3.8 percent of Microsoft’s workforce to 4 percent, and Hispanic/Latinx employees increased from 5.5 percent to 5.7 percent. (read more)

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