Best Buy is making an effort to hire more women and people of color for tech jobs over the next two years.
The Richfield-based electronics retailer is planning to hire 1,000 new tech workers over the next two years and says at least 30% will be people of color – specifically Black, Latinx and Indigenous – and women in positions that include product managers, engineers, data scientists and user-experience designers, Best Buy announced.
“Our Digital & Technology teams play such a big role in driving the technology that supports our growth,” Brian Tilzer, chief digital and technology officer said in a statement. “Our team is fast-paced and constantly changing to meet the demands of our customers, and we need a talented team to support this. To us, that means hiring employees from all backgrounds and identities that reflect our diverse customer base and the communities we serve.”
This move is among those Best Buy is taking to help address the disparities in the tech industry, as well as the retailer's latest effort to create opportunities for those from disinvested communities.
Black and Hispanic workers are underrepresented in STEM jobs. Pew Research in 2018 said Black workers make up 11% of the workforce in the U.S., but only represent 9% of STEM workers, while Hispanics make up 16% of the workforce but only 7% of all STEM workers.
According to the company, Best Buy has worked for more than a decade to empower youth through its Best Buy Teen Tech Centers to help teenagers prepare for potential careers in tech through hands-on experiences. It also offers a Career Pathways program that provides career readiness training for teens pursuing STEM careers.
Back in June, Best Buy established an employee-led Task Force for Racial Equity to drive organization-wide change and tackle inequality and injustices within the company.
Best Buy also announced it is creating a $3 million scholarship fund for Black students attending historically Black colleges and universities through a partnership with UNCF. It has also launched the Best Buy Scholarship for students attending the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.