SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — A new study says major technology companies are far more likely to hire Asians as computer programmers than to promote them to become managers or executives.

The analysis released Wednesday uncovered a glaring imbalance between the number of Asian technology workers in non-management jobs and the number in leadership positions in Silicon Valley.

Ascend, a group focused on Asian business issues, based its findings on 2013 employment data from five Silicon Valley companies: Google, Yahoo, Intel, Hewlett-Packard and LinkedIn.

The companies didn’t directly respond to Ascend’s report, but say they are trying to diversify.

Ascend’s findings may raise more questions about ethnic and gender biases in Silicon Valley at a time when the technology industry is already under attack for its hiring practices.

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