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.”
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
George Galloway condemns 'racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag' Charlie Hebdo at freedom of speech rally
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
- 3 The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
- 4 Phil Neville backtracks on Tomas Rosicky 'I'd smash him' comments from Match of the Day 2
- 5 British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
£20000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A highly reputable business is looking to rec...
£23500 - £25000 per annum + Training: Ashdown Group: Graduate Data analyst/Sys...
£16000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Graduate Account Manager is r...
£18k + Uncapped Commission (£60k Y1 OTE): Guru Careers: A Graduate Account Man...