Published: 18th Nov 2020

One in five men and one in four women have experienced downward social mobility in recent years, according to a new report. The report by the Social Mobility Commission warns that many people have found themselves moving into a vicious cycle of low pay and low self-esteem as they take on lower-paid jobs than their parents. The research carried out for the commission by Ipsos MORI found women, notably with children, and non-graduates are more likely to move down the social pecking order and into lower paid jobs than others. But so are children of front-line workers and those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, particularly those born outside the UK. The report also concludes that downward mobility is lowest for children of lawyers, doctors, teachers and scientists. In the post-war decades there was room at the top following a mushrooming of professional and managerial jobs, according to … (To read the full article, subscribe below)