Software giant Microsoft has released its diversity report and discovered that more women have left since the CEO Satya Nadella said that they would have “good karma” if they didn’t apply for pay rises.
Nadella later apologised for his comments, which were made at a women in IT conference, but it seems that the damage was done.
Microsoft recently released its latest workforce numbers to the public via a blog post, and while ethnic diversity remains flat for the most part when compared with those of 2014, the number of women employed by the software giant dropped significantly from a meager 29 percent to an abysmal 26.8 percent, leaving a whopping 73.1 percent, or nearly 3/4 of the workforce dominated by men who don’t care about their karma.
Gwen Houston, General Manager of Global Diversity and Inclusion writes:
“As I look at our numbers, I see a story that to some degree is being repeated throughout the industry. While certain leading indicators are trending up and we are starting to see signs of progress, systemic challenges remain when it comes to increasing the presence of women and minorities at all levels of the workforce. The implications are clear: we need to build on the areas where there is some early momentum, address areas where we’re not yet seeing real progress, and above all, remain focused on the importance of increasing diversity and building a more inclusive culture at Microsoft.”
Microsoft claims that the reduction in women in the workforce on the lay-offs of 7,800 people after the Nokia acquisition, although that does seem to suggest that Nokia had more women hired and Vole just fired them.
Despite this, the company sees this as a step in the right direction and expects to continue seeing growth well into the first quarter of the FY17.