Social Mobility study reveals gaping class divide at work

Posh accents and family ties with the boss are the fastest route to the top in Britain’s class-divided workplace.

A regional accent and working class background, meanwhile, will keep you out of the best paid jobs and see you miss out on promotions.

The Social Mobility Pledge has completed the first major grass-roots study into Britain’s so-called ‘class ceiling’. It shows that many workers believe where they are from holds them back and that their industry is dominated by a class divide.

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Matthew McPherson
North East backs the Social Mobility Pledge

The Social Mobility Pledge national roadshow stopped off in the North East today as three local firms signed up to the Pledge.

Newcastle fintech firm True Potential was joined by construction company Thompsons of Prudhoe and haulage business Fergusons Transport in committing to the national drive improve social mobility at work.

The Pledge was launched in March by the Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, the former Secretary of State for Education. It encourages companies to work with local schools and colleges, offer apprenticeships and adopt open recruitment polices such as name-blind or contextual recruitment.

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Matthew McPherson
National Social Mobility Tour begins at Exeter College

Social Mobility Pledge founder, the Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, visited Exeter College on the first leg of her national Social Mobility Tour. 

The summer-long tour of schools, colleges and businesses across the UK will champion social mobility and uncover some of the barriers. 

Exeter College, which has been rated outstanding is committed to supporting people from all backgrounds in reaching their full potential. The college has a diverse intake of students, many of whom come from rural areas, which poses a different set of social mobility challenges. 

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High Streets ahead on Social Mobility

Social Mobility Pledge chairman, the Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, welcomed businesses to Parliament as part of her campaign to improve social mobility in Britain.

She called on business leaders across the UK to sign the Social Mobility Pledge, which was launched by Ms Greening in March. The Pledge sees companies commit to working with local schools and colleges, offering apprenticeships and adopt open recruitment polices such as name-blind or contextual recruitment.

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Matthew McPherson
One week on from launching The Social Mobility Pledge

Improving our poor social mobility is this country’s biggest challenge, and our biggest opportunity. Britain will not truly succeed until it becomes a country where there is equality of opportunity for the first time. Those were the words of Justine Greening MP as she opened her Westminster Hall debate on social mobility and the economy, in Parliament last week. 

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Matthew McPherson