Leading entertainment services company Netflix revealed new details on the makeup of its U.S. and global workforce, reporting that women now represent more than half of the company’s global employee and leadership base, and people from historically excluded racial or ethnic backgrounds make up over half of its U.S. workforce.
In its inclusion report update, Netflix outlined how its employee base has changed over the past year. Overall, the company grew to approximately 10,000 employees in 2021 from 8,000 in 2020, and to 7,300 employees in the U.S. from 6,300 the prior year. By gender, women now make up 51.7% of the company’s global workforce and hold 51.1% of director and above positions, compared to 48.7% and 47.8%, respectively, in 2020. Ten of Netflix’s senior leadership team’s 22 members are women.
Netflix collects and reports race and ethnicity data in the U.S., where it reported that historically excluded ethnic and/or racial backgrounds (including Asian, Black, Hispanic or Latino/a/x, Middle Eastern or North African, Native American, and Pacific Islanders) now make up 50.5% of employees, up from less than 47% in 2020.
In a note presenting the update, Vernā Myers, VP of Inclusion Strategy at Netflix outlined several of the initiatives being pursued by the company, including expanding inclusive hiring trainings for recruiters and hiring managers, adding Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) and more HBCUs to the company’s pipeline programs, working to improve its culture of inclusion and belonging, an expanding its inclusion strategy team.
“We have a lot more work to do, particularly in recruiting more Latino/a/x, Indigenous and other historically excluded talent in the U.S.. We’re also improving how we understand the representation of our workforce outside of the US reporting requirements – like additional gender identities, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, and in other countries.
“Transformational change won’t happen overnight. Progress takes consistent discipline, heart and practice. We’re committed to doing our part in inspiring change within our industries — so more people can feel seen, heard, and supported to contribute at their best.”