Young people ‘deeply pessimistic’ about social mobility

Alan Milburn, social mobility tsar, says that a sense of pessimism and feeling that they are on the wrong side of a ‘profound unfairness’ led to record numbers of young people voting in the recent general election.

Young people are worried about their finances, job security and housing prospects. These findings arose as part of the recent Social Mobility Barometer, which surveyed 4723 UK adults.

Over half of 18-24 year-olds said they though that where people ended up was determined by their background and who their parents were. Four-fifths of survey respondents said there was a large gap between the social classes today.

The attitudes about financial position and job security were telling:

  • Only 24% of 25 to 49-year-olds said they were better off than their parents
  • Just a fifth of 18 to 24-year-olds believed they had better job security.

Only 30% of 18 to 24-year-olds believe it is becoming easier to move up in British society.

Helen Robinson