Apple ups workforce diversity: 4 things to know

Apple appears to be making a concerted effort to diversify its workforce. The tech company reported figures last week of its most recent group of hires, which notes an increase in the number of women and minority employees.

Here are four things to know about Apple's hiring practices in the past year.

1. Over the past year, 37 percent of Apple's new global hires were women and 27 percent were underrepresented minorities, according to Apple's latest diversity report. Those percentages are higher than the current percentages of women and minorities employed: currently, 32 percent of Apple's employees are women and 22 percent are minorities.

2. Among U.S. hires, 54 percent are minorities. Currently, 56 percent of all U.S. employees identify as white.

3. While there has been progress on these fronts, the percentage of minority workers is still low. Among new hires, 24 percent were Asian, 13 percent black, 13 percent Hispanic and 4 percent multiracial. One percent identified as "other," which includes Native American, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, according to the report.

4. Apple also reports maintaining pay equity across all U.S. employees, where women, men and minorities earn the same amount for equivalent positions. "This past year, we looked at the total compensation for U.S. employees and closed the gaps we found. We're now analyzing the salaries, bonuses and annual stock grants of all our employees worldwide. If a gap exists, we'll address it," according to the report.

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