By: Jenny Che –

Intel is betting big on workforce diversity.

The Santa Clara, California-based computer chip maker will double referral bonuses for employees who suggest women, minorities and veterans as job candidates. Employees who identify successful matches will receive up to $4,000.

“Intel is committed to increase the diversity of our workforce,” spokeswoman Gail Dundas said in a statement to The Huffington Post. “We are currently offering our employees an additional incentive to help us attract diverse qualified candidates in a competitive environment for talent.”

The Wall Street Journal first reported the news.

Like the majority of its Silicon Valley peers, Intel has a long way to go when it comes to its ownemployee demographics. Women make up 24 percent of the company, while black and Latino employees represent 3.5 percent and 8 percent of the entire workforce, respectively. Just over half of its employees are white, and around a third are Asian.

The percentage of women in computing jobs has been on the decline for the last two decades. Women hold 17 percent of the tech jobs at Google, and 15 percent at Facebook. Across the board, tech companies are becoming more proactive about hiring, and some are already seeing results. ThoughtWorks, a tech consulting firm based in Chicago, has nearly doubled the percentage of women in tech roles to 32 percent.

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