Private school graduates more likely to get top jobs than those educated at state schools
Andrew Grice has been Political Editor of The Independent since 1998. He was previously Political Editor of The Sunday Times, where he worked for 10 years, and he has been a Westminster-based journalist since 1982. His column, Inside Politics, appears in The Independent each Saturday.
Wednesday 20 November 2013
Graduates who went to a private school are one-third more likely to get top jobs than those educated at a state school, according to new research.
The Government’s Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission found that many major employers still recruit from a narrow range of highly selective universities, where those who went to independent schools tend to be over-represented. Even where two similarly qualified graduates attended the same university and got the same degree, a privately schooled graduate is 8 per cent more likely to get a top job than a state-schooled one.
Alan Milburn, the commission’s chairman, said: “We need to break open the closed shop at the top of British society and expand the middle. It should be our country’s ambition to create a bigger middle class with more avenues for advancement. A growing middle-class is the foundation for a more mobile country.”
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