Class privilege remains entrenched as social mobility stagnates
07 May 2019
Inequality is now entrenched in Britain from birth to work, and the government needs to take urgent action to help close the privilege gap, according to the latest report from the Social Mobility Commission.
The commission’s sixth comprehensive State of the Nation report looking at early childhood, schools, universities, further education and work reveals that social mobility has been stagnant for the last 4 years.
Extensive analysis of new Office for National Statistics (ONS) data shows the wide gap in school attainment and income between the rich and the poor has barely shifted. Being born privileged still means you usually remain privileged.
The better off are nearly 80% more likely to end up in professional jobs than those from a working-class background.
Even when people from disadvantaged backgrounds land a professional job, they earn 17% less than their privileged colleagues.