Facebook revealed the latest numbers about the diversity of its workforce Wednesday, and even though the report reveals progress, minorities remain a small percentage of the company's global workforce.
"We aren't where we like to be, but we're encouraged that over the past year, representation for people from underrepresented groups at Facebook has increased," the company said in its blog post announcing its latest numbers.
Globally the number of women at Facebook has risen to 35 percent this year, up from 33 percent last year, and 31 percent in 2014. points out how meaningful that change is given that its employee base grew 43 percent in the past year to more than 20,000.
The percentage of women in Facebook's technical jobs has also risen 2 percentage points in the past year to 19 percent — and women now make up 27 percent of all new graduates hired in engineering.
Maxine Williams, Facebook's global director of diversity, Williams points out how significant these numbers are in the context of the greater gender gaps in tech, where only 16 percent of computer science degrees go to women, according to the Computer Research Association. And now 28 percent of Facebook's leadership roles are held by women, up 1 percent in a year. And 55 percent of nontechnical roles are held by women, up from 53 percent from last year.
How does Facebook compare to others in tech? As of their most recent diversity reports Google's workforce is 31 percent female, Microsoft's is 25.8 percent female, Amazon is 39 percent female and Twitter is 37 percent female.