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Stating The Bleeding Obvious.

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So the professions are restrictive, introverted and unwilling to open themselves up to competition?

An all too obvious statement, which could have been written long before this report was published, [PDF] but at least the report details part of the problem with some empirical facts.

Here’s a snippet:

“For the most recent generation surveyed (born in 1970) the rate of social mobility is very similar to that of the previous generation (born in 1958). Although there is some recent evidence that the UK may have reached the bottom of a long-running decline in social mobility, access to society’s top jobs and professions has become less, not more, socially representative over time. Although only 7% of the population attend independent schools, well over half of many professionals have done so. For example, 75% of judges, 70% of finance directors, 45% of top civil servants, and 32% of MPs were independently schooled.”

Written by modernityblog

21/07/2009 at 19:20

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