The public’s attitude to social mobility in 2018.


Social Mobility Barometer 2018 report

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The poll shows:

  • a worrying level of pessimism amongst young people who think they have little chance of moving up in society
  • that generally all people across the age ranges think it is getting harder for disadvantaged people to move up in society
  • there is an urgent need to ensure people can improve their social mobility

Social mobility is the link between a person’s occupation or income and the occupation or income of their parents. Where there is a strong link, there is a lower level of social mobility. Where there is a weak link, there is a higher level of social mobility.

Published 11 December 2018
Last updated 20 December 2018 + show all updates

  1. Revised chart on slide 16.
  2. First published.