The figures from the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission are stark: 70% of top job offers in 2014 went to the products of selective or fee-paying institutions.
Lots of firms are leading the way on diversity, but clearly there is much more to do in terms of social mobility. Recruiting top talent will and should remain a priority, but in light of this report will firms examine more closely where they are recruiting that talent from?
In September, Byfield Consultancy is producing a comprehensive thought-leadership report on diversity in the legal industry. It will make a timely read.
A report by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission found that around 40% of job offers made by elite City law firms in 2014 were to graduates who had been educated at a fee-paying schools – though this did compare favourably with accountancy firms where 70% of offers went to those that had been educated at either a fee-paying or selective state school. Alan Milburn, chair of the commission, said the research 'shows that young people with working-class backgrounds are being systematically locked out of top jobs'.