UK professionals from working-class backgrounds are paid £6,800 less on average each year than those from affluent families, a study has found.
The class pay gap was worst in the finance sector where it appears that employees from working-class backgrounds are being paid up to £13,713 less than those richer families, the research by the Social Mobility Commission concluded.
London school of Economics (LSE) and University College London (UCL) carried out the research by academics, data was analysed from the UK Labour force survey.
the research examined the average earnings of people in professional jobs from different backgrounds and found those who had come from poorer families lost out by about £6,800 a year.
Professionals from poorer backgrounds might be less likely to ask for pay rises and could exclude themselves from promotion for fear of not “fitting in”, the reports suggested.
The research also found black and minority ethnic professionals, except those of Chines heritage, earned less than similar white colleges.
“While social mobility represents the norm, not the exception, in contemporary Britain, there is no doubt that strong barriers to opportunity still persist,” said report co-author Dr Sam Friedman from the LSE.