Social mobility: Class pay gap found in UK professions

BBC’s Katherine Sellgren reports on recent findings from the Social Mobility Commission.

Research carried out by academics from the London School of Economics and University College London found that UK professionals from working-class backgrounds are paid £6,800 less on average each year than those from more affluent families. The 17% average pay gap highlighted how the UK remains a “deeply elitist” society. The Social Mobility Commission’s study found that whilst the gap was partly due to difference in educational background, soft skills such as assertiveness may contribute to this as well as lack of access to networks and opportunities.

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