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September 1, 2015

Twitter sets new goals in workplace diversity fight

The company plans to fill 16% of its technology jobs with women next year.

By CBR Staff Writer

Twitter has set diversity goals, which includes increasing the share of female employees to 35% by next year.

The company aims to fill 16% of its technology jobs with women next year, up from 13% currently. It wants women to make up 25% of its leadership roles, up from the 22% of women in leadership roles now.

Twitter is planning to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in its workforce to 11% overall, including 9% in tech roles and 6% in leadership roles.

Twitter VP of diversity and inclusion Janet Van Huysse said: "We want the makeup of our company to reflect the vast range of people who use Twitter. Doing so will help us build a product to better serve people around the world.

"Furthermore, it’s important to define what these changes will yield a year from now. We’re holding ourselves accountable to these measurable goals, as should you."

Twitter said it will partner with organisations that create opportunities for underrepresented minorities, with plans to be present at historically black colleges and Hispanic-serving institutions.

The company will work on its recruiting and hiring practices to attract a more diverse pool of candidates.

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Apart from Twitter, Intel has also increased the pace of hiring under-represented minorities to increasing diversity in its workforce.

Apple committed to extend $50m to non-profit organisations who will help bring workforce diversity in the tech industry, with Google previously stating that 21% of its tech hires last year were female.

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