More women at Microsoft
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.