More women at Mi­crosoft

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - BUSINESS -

For the first time in two years, the pro­por­tion of women in Mi­crosoft’s ranks has grown.

The com­pany made slight progress in its ef­forts to in­crease racial and gen­der di­ver­sity in its work­force in 2017, boosted in part by its ac­qui­si­tion last De­cem­ber of LinkedIn.

The com­bined com­pa­nies’ global em­ployee base was 27.3 per­cent fe­male at the end of Septem­ber, com­pared with 25.8 per­cent at Mi­crosoft alone last year.

“While we have had and we’re see­ing good progress from a rep­re­sen­ta­tion per­spec­tive … we re­ally do rec­og­nize that this only puts us in a po­si­tion to do more work,” Ie­sha Berry, Mi­crosoft se­nior di­rec­tor of global di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion, said about the re­sults.

LinkedIn con­trib­uted heav­ily to the makeup of fe­male em­ploy­ees; it said last year that its em­ployee base was 42 per­cent fe­male. With­out the work­force at the pro­fes­sional net­work­ing site, Mi­crosoft’s share of fe­male em­ploy­ees rose just 0.1 of a per­cent­age point, to 25.9 per­cent in 2017.

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