‘Poshness test’ is the new glass ceiling: Working-class denied top jobs as firms prefer ‘well-travelled candidates with the right accent’ – Home News – UK – The Independent

According to this excellent article in the Independent, prejudice, blocking social mobility in the UK, is widespread. It’s a must-read. Check it out!

via ‘Poshness test’ is the new glass ceiling: Working-class denied top jobs as firms prefer ‘well-travelled candidates with the right accent’ – Home News – UK – The Independent.

The article examines research by Alan Milburn’s  Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission.

Of course, there has always been prejudice in the UK, in favor of the privileged, those with family wealth and social connections.

During my early career, I found that ambitious, hard-working and talented people from working-class backgrounds often had an edge – they’d grown up in the school of ‘hard-knocks’ and were quicker to seize opportunities, where privileged people felt socially uncomfortable and ill-prepared.

These days, increasingly, with downsizing, offshoring, robotics, and increasing deployment of technology, there are fewer jobs to go round, so there’s a different challenge. People with connections get the unpaid work experience in privileged organizations in their holidays and they are able to do exotic things in their gap year etc.

It’s commendable that the UK government and some leading firms are committed to social mobility. But the reality is that there is not a level playing field.

Let me turn this to an open open question:

Do you think that UK social mobility would be improved by re-introducing national service for all eighteen year olds, like in Israel for example?


Opinion – Income inequality: poverty falling faster than ever but the 1% are racing ahead | News | The Guardian – John Gelmini

Dr Alf raises an interesting point via this Guardian article but this trend is now unstoppable.

The wealthy often have London property and other assets which shoot up in value, so are making money all the time even whilst sleeping. They have disposable income, so that they can make further investments and they can use a 5 flags strategy to nullify any tax liability.

The poor have debts and no disposable income, even if they are working (GE produced figures in 2007 which showed that 80% of people in the UK had less than £500 gbp in their bank accounts at any one time, hardly enough for a cheap holiday let alone an investment).

16% of the UK population cannot get access to finance on standard terms, so they are unable to realistically finance a business.

The wealthy have access to cheap money and the powerful connections necessary for putting lucrative deals together, whereas the poor have no such access.

The same goes for the children of the rich who through schooling, university, internships and lodge memberships from an early age are put into the frame for success.

For the great unwashed who do not know how this works and lack the drive to figure a way out of their financial prison there is little in the way of meaningful advice let alone practical help.

The public school and Oxbridge educated apparatchiks at the Guardian should save their mock surprise and stop pretending that they care about the poor. So far their record in terms of tax avoidance through Guardian Media Services and their record of non egalitarianism in that they usually hire from groups of left-wing champagne socialists, like themselves demonstrates their utter hypocrisy at every level.

John Gelmini