Discrimination in Canada

To be honest, I was shocked to read the in the paper this morning that we have a diversity problem in the technology industry in Canada.  I was under the impression that when the next customer could be Brazilian or Chinese, or Senegalese, male or female, the ability to communicate with that individual should be a marketing trump card.  Apparently not.

Globe and Mail says…

Melissa Hughes reports that Saadia Muzaffar, a Senior Director of Marketing, has stated that, “The startup world is rife with reminders of how somebody like me still does not belong there in 2015.”

No Canadian Numbers

As usual, Canadian statistics are hard to come by, but diversity reports from U.S. tech giants offer a glimpse. Reports from Google, Apple, and others indicate that their combined workforce of about 878,000 is 59-per-cent white and 35-per-cent Asian; people who are Hispanic, black, of two or more races and other people of colour, collectively made up just 6 percent of the workforce.

A slightly different analysis by McKinsey & Company’s Global Institute looked at gender equality and concluded that the world economy could add trillions of dollars to growth during the next ten years if countries improved women’s participation in the labor force.

Hughes indicates that “Countless studies have found that diversity improves results in business. McKinsey’s Diversity Matters Report published in February (2015) found that ethnically diverse companies are 35 percent more likely to outperform their peers.”

“We are drowning in data that diversity helps innovation and innovation is the only ticket you have to stay relevant in any sector,” Ms. Muzaffar says.

Jolera revels in the diversity of our people.  We regard the breadth of cultures, languages, colors, and gender as one of our unique features and strengths.  When we say team, we mean team.

I quickly did a very unscientific review of our workforce and this is what I found:

Jolera can do better

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Do these numbers reflect the racial and gender fabric of Canada?  Getting there gender-wise. Diversity-wise, not too bad. Can we do better?  Absolutely, all things being equal.   Unfortunately, all things are never equal.

We can only choose from among those who apply. Candidates with the best test scores are offered temporary positions to assure our clients only get top service. Only those who successfully complete the probationary period receive permanent offers.

I have to agree with Allen Lau, that the racial balance in tech seems to be improving, and will continue to correct itself naturally over time.

If you are interested in exploring career opportunities with Jolera, please get in contact with us.  We are always on the lookout for System Architects, Share Point Developers, and great Systems Support people.

We are trying to get our numbers together.