Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Mostly white male tech sector needs government help on diversity



The following article appeared in the Washington Post on December 3rd


The technology sector is the vanguard of innovation, but it still looks like a good ol’ boys network.

Not only is it made up overwhelmingly of white men, but the percentage of tech workers who are black decreased in recent years, while the portion of women in the industry was stagnant and the level of Hispanic workers was nearly flat.

A new report by Washington’s chief watchdog says federal agencies can help change that by doing more to diversify the technology sector.

That sector, like many others, clearly needs help.

Using employment data from 2007, 2011 and 2015, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) study found that the percentage of black workers declined from 9 to 7.7 over that period

Movement of women stood still at 22 percent. Hispanic percentages were down and up, but not significantly, hovering around 7.5.

Asian workers were the only group making significant progress, moving from 11.5 percent of the technology workforce in 2007 to 15 percent eight years later. White workers, as always, maintained an overwhelming advantage with about 7 in 10 technology jobs, although decreasing from 71.2 percent to 67.7 percent during the 2007-2015 period. Compared to their portion of the general population, about 31 percent, white men are vastly overrepresented in the tech sector, with 53.5 percent of the jobs.

The report released Thursday was requested two years ago after “reviewing the startling lack of racial and gender diversity and the many documented reports of the hostile racial and gender environment in the tech sector,” said a statement from Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (Va.), the ranking Democrat on the House Education and the Workforce Committee. “The fact is there is bias in the recruitment, hiring and retention of Black, Hispanic and women workers in the tech sector. Decades of research show diversity is good for innovation and for the economic bottom line. Diversity and inclusion must not be treated as an aspiration; it is the law.” 

Both the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) have a “mission … to combat discrimination and support equal employment opportunity for U.S. workers,” GAO said.

Here’s the but: “Weaknesses in their processes impact the effectiveness of their efforts.”

That’s government blather for they’re not getting the job done.

Both agencies “have taken steps to enforce equal employment and affirmative action requirements in the technology sector, but face limitations,” according to GAO. “While EEOC has identified barriers to recruitment and hiring in the technology sector as a strategic priority, when EEOC conducts investigations, it does not systematically record the type of industry” and other information “that could be used to more effectively focus its limited enforcement resources and outreach activities.”

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Ed.  This "problem" is easily solved! Just instruct the tech sector to hire some of the NFL players who have suggested that fans against kneeling during the National Anthem simply quit attending the games! Of course, these ex-players would have to be paid $70 or $80 million for a job they know nothing about. But surely SOMETHING can be worked out. After all, this involves RAAAAAAACISM.

I know...we'll have taxpayers foot the bill! Hell, how many $Billions are we being charged NOW to support people who don't work for a living. 

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