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One in five people in UK in lower-status jobs than parents – study

Downward social mobility most likely to affect BAME people, mothers and children of some key workers

One in five people in the UK have nominally fallen down the social pecking order because they work in a lower-status job than their parents – with mothers, non-graduates and some black and minority ethnic groups more likely to find themselves “downwardly mobile”, according to a government advisory body.

Having become established in a lower-status occupation, most are likely to stay there, according to the study for the Social Mobility Commission, a finding it says is likely to confirm a growing sense among the public that society is becoming less fair, with opportunities for advancement less equal.

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