United Kingdom - Workers confronted with a class ceiling - June 30, 2018

Half of UK workers believe a regional accent and a working-class background are barriers to success, according to a study that revealed working class representation in leadership roles is as low as 17%. The study was commissioned by the former education secretary Justine Greening, who said working class people still believed they encountered a ‘class ceiling’ with too much emphasis placed on personal connections more likely to suit middle class candidates. About half of the 2,000 people surveyed across industries and regions said those without strong regional accents found it easier to progress in their workplace.

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