Pupils from just ten private and grammar schools make up three per cent of the applicants for prestigious graduate recruitment schemes, a study has revealed. And the same pupils are 100 times more likely to apply to the schemes than their peers who were educated in the bottom ten per cent of schools, regardless of what university the students attended.
Applications from 28 graduate schemes – including Baker McKenzie, Barclays, Boston Consultancy Group, Clifford Chance and Deloitte – were analysed using a Contextual Recruitment System (CRS) to see who applied where.
Information on the study has been released by the recruitment company, Rare. Pupils from just ten private and grammar schools, including Sevenoaks School in Kent (pictured), are 100 times more likely to apply to elite graduate recruitment schemes than their peers who were educated in the bottom ten per cent of schools Jobs at law firms, consultant agencies and banks are dominated by applicants from an elite group of schools.
Pupils were from prestigious schools including the £36,000-a-year Westminster School, which has alumni including former deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and author A A Milne, and the £34,000-a-year Sevenoaks School in Kent, attended by Daniel Day-Lewis.
Nine of the top ten schools were independent, while the tenth is Queen Elizabeth’s School, a boys grammar school in north London, according to The Telegraph.
Rare Recruitment founder Raphael Mokades, developed the CRS to look at who was applying to what graduate schemes.
The program’s goal is to help companies hire applicants with more diverse backgrounds, with firms using CRS hiring 50 per cent more applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds than they have in previous years.
‘All these people have As coming out of their ears. Typically the firms would look at who has the best work experience or the best extra curricular activities on their CV,’ he told The Telegraph.
‘But the easiest way to get the best work experience if your parents have posh city jobs and it’s much easier to climb Kilimanjaro and play waterpolo if you have money.
‘What we were trying to do was give them a scalable way of measuring and identifying disadvantaged backgrounds.’