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Social Impact

The State of Social Mobility in the UK

Toby Owens Ian Walsh Sek-loong Tan Simon Beck

This report, commissioned by The Sutton Trust, looks at the drivers of social mobility and the future of work, providing an analysis of how trends in the labour market, including automation, are likely to impact on social mobility. While the automation of many routine and paraprofessional occupations poses a clear threat to mobility, increasing demand for STEM skills, a sector less dominated by the privileged than other more traditional professions, offers a clear opportunity to improve the life chances of those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

People Strategy