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Netflix says it needs to hire more Latinos

The SVOD has released its first inclusion report, showing that while its Black workforce has doubled over last three years, there's still work to do.
January 14, 2021

Netflix has released its first inclusion report, breaking down the areas where it’s doing well (women) and where improvement is needed (Latinos).

The SVOD has a workforce made up of 47.1% women. This includes the leadership level, where 47.8% of directors, 43.7% of VPs and 47.6% of senior leadership are female. (Netflix defines leadership as any employee in a director, VP or executive role.)

Nearly half of the company’s US workforce (46.4%) and leadership (42%) are from one or more underrepresented racial or ethnic backgrounds. These include Black, Latino or Hispanic, Indigenous, Middle Eastern, Asian and Pacific Islander. The number of Black Netflix employees in the US has doubled in the last three years to 8% of its workforce, and 9% of its leadership.

All of the data is current as of October 2020, and includes information from approximately 8,000 full-time employees.

The SVOD says it still has a lot of work to do to increase its representation numbers, specifically with respect to recruiting Hispanic or Latino people—and particularly in leadership roles. VP of inclusion strategy Vernā Myers (pictured) also says Netflix still has a long way to go in terms of its representation outside the US. The company hired Cassi Mecchi to lead an inclusion team in Europe, Middle East and Africa, and the next step will be to hire more people in this type of role for Asia Pacific and Latin America in 2021.

The report did not break down inclusion by department or genre of content.

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Alexandra Whyte is Kidscreen's News & Social Media Editor. Contact her at awhyte@brunico.com

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