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Professions ‘ever more dominated by wealthy’


By Jean Eaglesham, Chief Political Correspondent


Published: April 14 2009 19:17 | Last updated: April 14 2009 19:17


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Employers were urged to end the nepotism and networking that restrict access to top jobs in professions such as the law, media and the City, after an official report on Tuesday warned that the professional classes had become even more dominated by the wealthy in the past two decades.


Alan Milburn, the former cabinet minister appointed by Gordon Brown to advise on social mobility, cited a Cabinet Office report published on Tuesday as “shocking” evidence the professions had “become more, not less, socially exclusive” with access governed by “who you know, not what you know”.



The report suggested that privately educated people took the lion’s share of jobs in some professions, despite accounting for only 7 per cent of the population. Three-quarters of judges, 70 per cent of finance directors and 45 per cent of top civil servants went to independent schools, for example.


The middle- and upper-class domination has increased in recent decades, the report suggests. For example, lawyers born in 1970 grew up in families with an income 64 per cent above the national average, compared with a gap of 43 per cent for lawyers born in 1958. For top journalists, the trend is even more marked, with the 1970 generation coming from families with incomes 42 per cent above the national average, as against a 6 per cent gap for those born in 1958.


Class-based differences in aspiration, as well as educational attainment, affect recruitment patterns for the professions, the report suggests. More than four out of 10 – 41 per cent – of young people from the AB socioeconomic groups aspire to be a professional, against only 13 per cent of young DEs.


Recommendations to try to help address this class imbalance will be made by the panel chaired by Mr Milburn in July. But he told the Financial Times on Tuesday that employers’ use of internships would be a central focus of the final report.


“Too many internships come about as a consequence not of open competition but closed contacts. That is not appropriate,” Mr Milburn said. “Internships are an integral part of the career ladder and … the same processes need to apply to the recruitment of internships as to mainstream paid employees.”


The report is potentially embarrassing for Mr Brown, given the importance Labour has attached to increasing social mobility. But Mr Milburn said much of the data stemmed from before Labour won power. “Since 1997 there’s been a huge effort to break the link between family background and educational attainment,” he said. “Some of that is working.”



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