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    1. August 13, 2015

      A-level students have a taste of work in the City of London

      When A-level results were published on Thursday, one group of students was already hard at work in the office. They are...

    2. June 19, 2015

      ‘Poshness tests’ are about what you know

      Is there a diamond in the rough out there at the University of XXXX?” mused an executive at one of Britain’s most...

    1. June 17, 2015

      Let algorithms show if they can make better hiring choices

      We reported this week that top professional services firms in London, Scotland and the US practised widespread...

    2. June 15, 2015

      Social gulf dividing Britain’s elite professions

      In 1946 the writer George Orwell described Britain as the most class-ridden society on earth. The decades since should...

    3. June 15, 2015

      Top firms’ ‘poshness test’ imposes class ceiling

      The UK’s most elite financial services and legal firms operate a “poshness test” that systematically locks talented...

    4. May 21, 2015

      This house believes that debating skills aid social mobility

      At Beckton’s Kingsford Community School, a secondary school in one of London’s most deprived boroughs, a small group of...

    5. May 19, 2015

      The damage of London’s artificial scarcity of land

      Compare two ways of earning the same amount in London. The first is to work. A job in one of the capital’s thriving...

    6. April 29, 2015

      Business needs to raise its voice in the house price debate

      Protests in the London suburb of Brixton broke out on Saturday over gentrification and rising house prices. By London...

    7. April 17, 2015

      Labour promises clamp on unpaid internships

      Ed Miliband will promise on Friday that a Labour government would ban companies from offering unpaid internships of...

    8. February 5, 2015

      Ukip election candidates less likely to be university graduates

      The UK Independence party’s general election candidates are less likely to have attended university or had a...

    9. January 30, 2015

      Record numbers seek UK university places

      Record numbers of 18-year-olds have applied to British universities and youngsters from the poorest areas are more...

    10. January 27, 2015

      Coalition has failed to tackle regional imbalances, report says

      The UK government has failed to tackle regional imbalances, fix the apprenticeship system and help the long-term...

    11. December 5, 2014

      Tory MPs resurrect grammar school ‘albatross’

      David Cameron warned his backbenchers before the 2010 election that their enthusiasm for grammar schools would turn...

    12. November 25, 2014

      Private schools hit back at Labour’s threat

      Private headteachers have warned that Labour’s threat to strip tax privileges from independent schools will harm rather...

    13. November 25, 2014

      An unconvincing answer to Britain’s schools divide

      If tinkering by well-meaning ministers were enough to raise educational standards, Britain’s schools would lead the...

    14. November 25, 2014

      Labour tells private schools to help out or lose tax relief

      Labour will require independent schools to do more to break down the “Berlin Wall” in the education system by helping...

    15. November 21, 2014

      Cuts and fees transform face of Britain’s artistic community

      Members of the educational and artistic communities are warning that Britain’s creative industries are under threat...

    16. November 19, 2014

      Employers set social mobility benchmark

      Politicians from all parties say they worry about inequality and the difficult path from poverty to opportunity. A...

    17. October 30, 2014

      English men paid more if parents have degrees, study finds

      English men whose parents are university educated are likely to earn 20 per cent more than those whose mothers and...

    18. October 24, 2014

      Confessions of a white Oxbridge male

      We straight white Oxbridge-educated males who rule Britain are used to periodic rumblings of discontent from below. Now...

    19. October 21, 2014

      Companies question reliance on graduates

      Barclays used to be a company where you could start at the bottom without a degree and work your way up to the top. But...

    20. October 21, 2014

      Public sector cuts worsen low-pay trap

      People in low-wage jobs are more likely to stay in them for a decade or more since the financial crisis, say...

    21. October 20, 2014

      UK risks permanent split between rich and poor, says Alan Milburn

      Britain risks becoming a country “permanently divided” between the rich and poor, says a pre-election state of the...

    22. October 17, 2014

      The working classes deserve respect

      In the lovely new British film Pride, a busload of London gay activists heads for a Welsh village to support the coal...

    23. September 23, 2014

      Parental education is determining factor in UK poverty

      A child’s education – and that of its parents – are the decisive factors in predicting whether it will grow up to live...

    24. August 28, 2014

      Privately educated dominate UK’s top jobs

      Britain is “a deeply elitist country”, says the head of a government-appointed commission that has found the top jobs...

    25. June 25, 2014

      Scotland scraps right to buy council houses

      Scotland’s parliament has voted to scrap council tenants’ right to buy their houses, bringing a final end north of the...

    26. June 9, 2014

      One in five children to live in poverty, says official commission

      The coalition’s flagship welfare reform programme is failing to restore momentum to the drive to tackle child poverty,...

    27. April 11, 2014

      Britain’s wealthy Asians get £6.5bn richer

      British Asians’ talent for generating wealth has been highlighted by a list showing that the 101 wealthiest individuals...

    28. March 7, 2014

      Social mobility: a family affair

      When I was a child growing up in England three decades ago, I was confronted with the visual evidence of social...

    29. February 21, 2014

      ‘Über middle class’ reshapes Oxford

      North Oxford used to be synonymous with academia – its distinctive Victorian Gothic houses abuzz with the debates and...

    30. February 21, 2014

      Middle class ‘cling-ons’ squeezed out of London property market

      Large numbers of high earners have been locked out of the London housing market, according to an analysis by the...

    31. February 21, 2014

      Rising UK house prices hit professionals hardest

      Middle-class professionals have been hit harder by rising house prices than any other group, forcing them to buy in...

    32. February 21, 2014

      Private school fees rocket out of reach for the ‘cling-ons’

      A private school education is soaring out of the reach of the professional classes – highlighting the struggle that...

    33. February 14, 2014

      The fractured middle: UK salary split sees übers pull ahead

      A deep divide has opened among Britain’s high earners, with an “über-middle” elite reaping the rewards of globalisation...

    34. February 14, 2014

      The fractured middle: Winners and losers of divided class

      In St Albans, secure redoubt of the home counties middle class, the First Tuesday Book Club is discussing 1984 over...

    35. February 14, 2014

      The fractured middle: Gulfs grow within, and between, professions

      For decades, a professional qualification promised a life of comfort, if not prosperity. Accountants, engineers,...

    36. January 22, 2014

      A better interview is the way to reduce bias

      One of the world’s top law firms has removed the names of universities from potential recruits’ application forms to...

    37. December 13, 2013

      British working-class MPs becoming a rarity

      David Cameron’s favourite think-tank will call on Friday for action to reverse the dwindling number of working-class...

    38. December 3, 2013

      London’s mayor is half right on envy, greed and inequality

      Boris Johnson has a talent for carefully calculated imprudence. The London mayor says, apparently artlessly, things...

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