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.
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.”