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Class pay gap

14 March 2017

Professional people from working class backgrounds are paid £6,800 less than their colleagues from more affluent backgrounds, says new research by the Social Mobility Commission.

The researchers unearthed a previously unrecognized ‘class pay gap’ of 17%.
The class pay gap in accountancy is slightly higher than the average, standing at £7,867. This is lower than the £10,218 gap found for doctors but higher than the £5,261 difference in lawyers pay, depending on their class background.

Report co-authour Dr Sam Friedman from LSE said: “While social mobility represents the norm, not the exception, in contemporary Britain, there is no doubt that strong barriers to opportunity still persist.”

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