Protocol | Workplace

Twitter's staff is 43% women. They only net 37% of compensation.

Twitter's latest diversity report showed gains in representation at the technical and leadership levels. But it's still facing a pay gap.

Twitter's staff is 43% women. They only net 37% of compensation.

Twitter

Photo: Sara Kurfeß/Unsplash

Twitter released its second quarter diversity report Thursday, which reflected growing numbers of women and underrepresented minorities in technical and leadership roles. But the company still faces gaps in representation and pay equity: In the last quarter of 2020, it found that while women make up about 43% of Twitter's staff, they only take home about 37% of the company's overall compensation.


The gap also existed for underrepresented minorities at Twitter. "In the US, 6.3% identified as Black and netted 4.7% of total compensation, and 5.8% identified as Latinx and netted 4.8% of total compensation," the company's 2020 annual report reads.

This type of pay equity analysis is relatively unique because it looks beyond whether women and underrepresented minorities in a certain role make as much as their white or male counterparts. That's a metric Twitter has been studying for a while now, and according to the 2020 report, women at Twitter earned 100% of what their equivalent male peers earn. The same goes for underrepresented minorities and their white peers.

But the study looking at overall share of compensation gets at a deeper question: Are women and underrepresented minorities holding as many high-paid positions as their male and white peers? The answer appears to be: Not yet.

Twitter attributed this discrepancy to the fact that there are fewer women and underrepresented minorities in leadership and senior technical roles. "These insights underscore the urgency with which we must accelerate efforts already underway to increase representation and retention of women and [underrepresented minorities] in leadership and technical positions via our hiring, talent development and promotion practices," the report read.

The company's latest diversity report for the second quarter of 2021 shows it's making some progress on that front. The percentage of Black employees in technical roles has nearly tripled since Twitter started reporting these stats in 2017, and the percentage of Black employees in leadership roles has nearly doubled. Latinx representation in technical roles has also tripled. All of those numbers, though, still hover in the single digits. The percentage of women in technical roles also increased to about 29% last year, up more than 10 percentage points since 2017, while the number of women in leadership stayed roughly the same.

Along with its diversity stats, Twitter also shared details about its business resource groups, which are communities for employees from different backgrounds and demographics. In 2020, the company began paying leaders of these groups, recognizing that for some, leading the groups came with a heavy workload that went unrecognized by their managers. "The work they are responsible for driving is central to our journey to becoming the world's most diverse, inclusive, and accessible tech company," read a company blog post by Twitter's vice president of people experience, Dalana Brand.

Correction: This story has been updated throughout with Twitter's Q2 numbers. An earlier version included Twitter's 2020 stats.

Theranos’ investor pitches go on trial

Prosecutors in the Elizabeth Holmes fraud case are now highlighting allegations the company sought to mislead investors.

The fresh details of unproven claims made about the viability of Theranos' blood tests and efforts to conceal errors when demonstrating testing equipment added to the evidence against Holmes, who is accused of fraud in her role leading the company.

Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Theranos trial continued this week with testimony from Daniel Edlin, a former product manager at the blood-testing startup, and Shane Weber, a scientist from Pfizer. Their testimonies appeared to bolster the government's argument that Holmes intentionally defrauded investors and patients.

The fresh details about audacious and unproven claims made about the viability of Theranos' blood tests and efforts to conceal errors when demonstrating testing equipment added to the evidence against Holmes, who is accused of fraud in her role leading the company.

Keep Reading Show less
Aisha Counts

Aisha Counts (@aishacounts) is a reporting fellow at Protocol, based out of Los Angeles. Previously, she worked for Ernst & Young, where she researched and wrote about the future of work, emerging technologies and startups. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where she studied business and philosophy. She can be reached at acounts@protocol.com.

The way we work has fundamentally changed. COVID-19 upended business dealings and office work processes, putting into hyperdrive a move towards digital collaboration platforms that allow teams to streamline processes and communicate from anywhere. According to the International Data Corporation, the revenue for worldwide collaboration applications increased 32.9 percent from 2019 to 2020, reaching $22.6 billion; it's expected to become a $50.7 billion industry by 2025.

"While consumers and early adopter businesses had widely embraced collaborative applications prior to the pandemic, the market saw five years' worth of new users in the first six months of 2020," said Wayne Kurtzman, research director of social and collaboration at IDC. "This has cemented collaboration, at least to some extent, for every business, large and small."

Keep Reading Show less
Kate Silver

Kate Silver is an award-winning reporter and editor with 15-plus years of journalism experience. Based in Chicago, she specializes in feature and business reporting. Kate's reporting has appeared in the Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Atlantic's CityLab, Atlas Obscura, The Telegraph and many other outlets.

Protocol | Policy

8 takeaways from states’ new filing against Google

New details have been unsealed in the states' antitrust suit against Google for anticompetitive behavior in the ads market.

Google is facing complaints by government competition enforcers on several fronts.

Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Up to 22%: That's the fee Google charges publishers for sales on its online ad exchanges, according to newly unredacted details in a complaint by several state attorneys general.

The figure is just one of the many details that a court allowed the states to unveil Friday. Many had more or less remained secrets inside Google and the online publishing industry, even through prior legal complaints and eager public interest.

Keep Reading Show less
Ben Brody

Ben Brody (@ BenBrodyDC) is a senior reporter at Protocol focusing on how Congress, courts and agencies affect the online world we live in. He formerly covered tech policy and lobbying (including antitrust, Section 230 and privacy) at Bloomberg News, where he previously reported on the influence industry, government ethics and the 2016 presidential election. Before that, Ben covered business news at CNNMoney and AdAge, and all manner of stories in and around New York. He still loves appearing on the New York news radio he grew up with.

Protocol | Workplace

This tech founder uses a converted Sprinter van as an office on wheels

The CEO of productivity startup Rock likes to work on the road. Here's how he does it — starting with three different WiFi hotspots.

Kenzo Fong, founder and CEO of the 20-person productivity software startup Rock, has been working out of his converted Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van since the pandemic began.

Photo: Kenzo Fong/Rock

Plenty of techies have started companies in garages. Try running a startup from a van.

In San Francisco, one software company founder has been using a converted Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van — picture an Amazon delivery vehicle — as a mobile office.

Keep Reading Show less
Allison Levitsky
Allison Levitsky is a reporter at Protocol covering workplace issues in tech. She previously covered big tech companies and the tech workforce for the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Allison grew up in the Bay Area and graduated from UC Berkeley.
Protocol | Policy

Most Americans want AI regulation — and they want it yesterday

In a poll, people said they wanted to see artificial intelligence technologies develop in the U.S. — alongside rules governing their use.

U.S. lawmakers have only just begun the long process of regulating the use of AI.

Photo: Louis Velazquez/Unsplash

Nearly two-thirds of Americans want the U.S to regulate the development and use of artificial intelligence in the next year or sooner — with half saying that regulation should have begun yesterday, according to a Morning Consult poll. Another 13% say that regulation should start in the next year.

"You can thread this together," Austin Carson, founder of new nonprofit group SeedAI and former government relations lead for Nvidia, said in an email. "Half or more Americans want to address all of these things, split pretty evenly along ideological lines."

Keep Reading Show less
Ben Brody

Ben Brody (@ BenBrodyDC) is a senior reporter at Protocol focusing on how Congress, courts and agencies affect the online world we live in. He formerly covered tech policy and lobbying (including antitrust, Section 230 and privacy) at Bloomberg News, where he previously reported on the influence industry, government ethics and the 2016 presidential election. Before that, Ben covered business news at CNNMoney and AdAge, and all manner of stories in and around New York. He still loves appearing on the New York news radio he grew up with.

ai
Latest Stories