Google Plans to Hire Thousands in Chicago to Diversify Its Workforce

Google Plans to Hire Thousands in Chicago to Diversify Its Workforce

Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced Thursday that the tech giant will be hiring 10,000 new employees in Chicago and a handful of other U.S. cities as part of its ongoing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

Back in June, Google said it planned to increase the number of people from underrepresented backgrounds in senior level positions by 30 percent. This latest announcement is taking it a step further, with the aim of doubling its number of Black employees at all levels by 2025. To do this, the company will hire 10,000 people across its offices in Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Chicago and NYC over the next five years, including 1,000 new hires by 2021.

Google has two offices in Chicago — one of which was opened just last year — and employs about 600 people locally, who focus mainly on product engineering, technical infrastructure and finance.

Google relies on thousands of suppliers to run its business, so it plans to spend $100 million with Black-owned businesses in that way, too. This is part of its broader commitment to spend at least $1 billion with “diverse-owned” suppliers in the U.S. every year starting next year. […]

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