The better off are nearly 80% more likely to end up in professional jobs than those from a working-class background. Even when people from disadvantaged backgrounds land a professional job, they earn 17% less than their privileged colleagues.
Introducing the Department for Opportunities [DO] – a new movement from the Social Mobility Foundation. DO is here to fight the UK’s entrenched social mobility problem and to ensure those who can make a difference, do make a difference within their sphere of influence.
The Social Mobility Foundation [SMF] are a credited charity, supporting high-achieving young people from low-income backgrounds into competitive universities and professions.
Despite all their great work, tirelessly fighting to give young people more opportunities and to even the playing field, the masses are unaware of the issue they have been trying to fix. Our first fight was employers, as out-dated hiring policies are a huge barrier to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds landing a professional career or entering certain industries.
Our campaign “CVs Aren’t Working” showcased young people who have faced barriers to social mobility and challenged employers to use alternative hiring policies to eliminate unconscious bias.
Alan Milburn, Trustee of the Social Mobility Foundation