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New Airbnb data shows modest increases in diverse hiring

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Airbnb released new diversity data Thursday.

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Airbnb released new diversity data Thursday that shows modest increases in the company's hiring of people who identify as an underrepresented minority. It also indicates that the company is still battling to change its workforce composition among technical team members, where only about 8.5% of its workers identify as members of underrepresented groups.


Women in leadership have increased by almost 4% to 41.6% since 2019, but the population of women in technical roles increased by only just over 2% to 27.5%, according to the press release.

Just over 15% of people on the Airbnb leadership team identify as a member of an underrepresented minority, up about 2.5% from 2019, while just over 8% of members of the technical teams identify that way, an increase of one and a half percentage points from 2019.

"We are not satisfied and believe we have more work to do to meet the high standards we have set for ourselves," the company wrote in a Thursday press release. Airbnb has set goals to reach both gender parity and 20% representation of underrepresented minorities by 2025, and it expects to reach progress toward gender parity this year, according to the press release. Airbnb plans to open a major office in Atlanta and begin hiring there this year, where the company hopes to grow from a diverse local talent pool. Additionally, it plans to further implement diversity and belonging plans and invest more in employee-resource groups, among other initiatives designed to help hit the 2025 goals.

Other data from the press release shows that Airbnb's total demographics break down as follows: 13.3% of Airbnb workers identify as underrepresented minorities, 5% as Black or African American, 8% as Hispanic or Latino, .4% as Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, .4% as Native American or Alaska Native, 44.6% as Asian or Asian American, and 41.5% as white.

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