For the first time, Uber released diversity figures for its employees—which does not include its thousands of drivers, whom the company considers to be contract workers.
Like many other Silicon Valley companies, Uber’s labor force—in particular its tech staff—is overwhelmingly male and largely white. According to a series of figures posted Tuesday, the company even called out the fact that its leadership “is more homogenous… no Black or Hispanic employee holds leadership positions in tech.”
The report also includes new terms that refer to various employee groups, such as its Jewish (“Jewbers”) and Black employees (“UberHUE”). Such neologisms have drawn some ire on social media.
The company’s conclusion was obvious: “This clearly has to change—a diversity of backgrounds and experience is important at every level.”
Uber recently faced a serious public accusation of sexual harassment by a woman who worked as an engineer at the company for about a year. CEO Travis Kalanick vowed an investigation into her claims and her larger allegations of a sexist culture.
Globally, Uber’s tech employees are 85 percent male, compared to Google’s 81 percent (as of December 2016).
In a new post on its website, the company says, “We need to do better and have much more work to do.” The post says that 41 percent of new employees are women and that the company is now “ramping up our presence at recruiting events around the country and our outreach to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs).”