‘Elitist Britain’ leaves disadvantaged on low pay

Tuesday 25 June 2019

‘Elitist Britain’ leaves disadvantaged on low pay – response to social mobility report 

YWT logoResponding to a new report, ‘Elitist Britain 2019’, released today by Sutton Trust and the Social Mobility Commission, which finds that Britain's most powerful people are 5 times more likely to have been to a private school than the general population, Young Women’s Trust’s campaigns and communications director Joe Levenson said: 

“Sutton Trust’s new report makes clear what we at Young Women’s Trust are increasingly finding in our own work: that talent exists everywhere but opportunities do not. 

“It is not just those from disadvantaged backgrounds who are suffering as a result; businesses are missing out on so much talent because privilege as a child remains a gateway to power and success in much of the jobs market. 

“Young women in particular are getting stuck in low-paid jobs and struggling financially. 

“It is time for the Government to recognise the social mobility crisis facing so many young people and provide decent skills training and jobs, so that everyone can achieve their potential.” 


Notes to editor:

  1. Young Women’s Trust supports and represents women aged 18-30 trapped by low or no pay and facing a life of poverty. The charity provides services and runs campaigns to make sure that the talents of young women don't go to waste.
  2. For more information or case studies, please contact Bex Bailey at Young Women’s Trust on 020 7837 2019.