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Why Are Working Class Kids Passed Over For Top Paying Jobs? Find Out Here…

Why Are Working Class Kids Passed Over For Top Paying Jobs? Find Out Here...

Elvis, from Dagenham, is a working class lad who had his sights set on becoming a trader in the City. During his time at Birmingham University, Elvis got a 2:1 in political economy, becoming the first member of his family to get a degree.

His mother, who used to clean the Morgan Stanley offices, wanted her son to get a job there. But despite doing well at university, he discovered that many top companies look for candidates with a certain “polish”.

According to research by the London School of Economics, if you’re a working class graduate with a first class degree you’re less likely to land an elite job than a middle class graduate with a 2:2. And even if you do succeed in getting the position, you’ll earn on average 16% less than your middle class counterparts.

Why? Amol Rajan, BBC Media Editor, investigates.

Watch the full documentary on iPlayer (UK only)