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Employers to be told 'hire state educated graduates' by government
Monday, 18 January 2010
All Graduate job news
Employers are to be told by the government to stop predominantly employing professionals who have been privately educated.
Medicine, finance and law industries will be told by ministers today (January 18th) that they must do more to employ graduates with a state school background, as a means of increasing social mobility.
This news came after figures showed that 75 per cent of judges, 70 per cent of finance directors and 45 per cent of top civil servants were privately educated, although just seven per cent of children go to independent schools.
At university level, around 88 per cent of students are from a state school background, so this news will come as a boost to graduate job hunters.
Gordon Brown, the prime minister, said in a statement on the Downing Street website: "Our mission must be to ensure that all of Britain's people, from whatever background, are allowed to develop their talents and learn a skill which will transform their lives."
Figures released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency last week showed that one in seven graduates left university with a first-class degree in summer 2009.