Although the US tech sector is growing faster than ever, the industry is still lacking diversity and inclusion within its workforce.
Indeed, a recent study by the University of Massachusetts Amherst showed that 80% of firms had very little increase in diversity in their professional labor force, primarily by employing Asian men and Asian women. It was also found out that the proportion of white male professionals increased while the percentage of women fell. Only a minority of firms witnessed more diversity in their workforce.
Moreover, in a small proportion of firms, there was also a rapid growth in diversity of the technical labor force where the percentage of white men decline by a quarter or they were replaced with women from all backgrounds. In order to increase diversity, some companies decide to move more women and minorities into executive positions, which is more of a defensive response to diversity demands than a commitment to promoting employment diversity.
There is then a very slow movement toward employment diversity in this sector than in the rest of the U.S. labor force. However, it was shown that firms with more diversity at the managerial level are doing well.