Professionals from working‑class families paid £7,000 less a year

Greg Hurst features Sutton Trust US Programme alum Gemma Collins’ story in an article for the Times on the Social Mobility Commission’s State of the Nation report.

Working-class professionals are paid substantially less than colleagues who grew up in more affluent households, according to a report.

Last year, professionals from poorer backgrounds earned an average of £33,400 a year, contrasting with colleagues from more privileged backgrounds whose median income was £40,100, according to the government’s Social Mobility Commission.

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Case study
Gemma Collins, 23, calls herself one of the “lucky few” to have broken through the class pay gap (Greg Hurst writes). She grew up in a single-parent family in Blackpool and was the first in her family to go to university. With help from her mother and teachers she won a scholarship to study history at Harvard through a summer school run by the Sutton Trust. After graduating she moved to London and is now an events manager for Bright Network, a student networking start-up.

She said: “It is so important you are made aware of these opportunities and know there are ways for you to get to the top.”

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2019-05-01T16:05:52+00:00May 1st, 2019|Categories: In the News|Tags: , |

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