The Guardian | Noter Analyse | Matthew Weaver

Unacknowledged “poshness tests” at elite British companies are thwarting the career prospects of talented working-class applicants and reinforcing social division, according to a government study.

One employer suggested firms were unwilling to sift through applications from those of working-class backgrounds.

“Is there a diamond in the rough out there?” the unnamed recruiter told researchers. “Statistically it’s highly probable but the question is … how much mud do I have to sift through in that population to find that diamond?”

Alan Milburn, the former Labour cabinet minister who chairs the commission,said: “This research shows that young people with working-class backgrounds are being systematically locked out of top jobs.

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