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New research findings out today, commissioned by award winning Charity RECLAIM, reveal that many HR bosses recruit people like them. This means many applicants from working class backgrounds are destined to fail.

In the new research findings, 89% of the 50 organisations surveyed agreed that in a just society leaders and decision makers should understand and represent all components of society, but 67% don’t have any measures in place to diversify the workforce by recruiting from working class backgrounds and 76% don’t actively monitor candidates’ economic background at the point of recruitment.

The charity also conducted qualitative research with employers within business, politics and the media to give a more in depth insight in to social mobility in the workplace. Participants in the research clearly articulated the value of a diverse workforce and recognised that opening their recruitment to individuals from a wider range of social backgrounds would...

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