Non-educational barriers to financial services professions

Impact: Impact - for External PortalEconomic and commerce, Education, Policy and legislation, Professional practice, training and standards, Quality of life and safety


Professional jobs and elite firms continue to be dominated at entry level by people from more privileged socioeconomic backgrounds. This can be attributed to a tendency to recruit the majority of new entrants from a narrow group of elite universities, where students are more likely to have attended selective or fee-paying schools, and/or come from relatively affluent backgrounds. Part of a wider study of law and accountancy firms in the City, this research examined non-educational barriers to entry to elite financial service firms located in Scotland, focusing on firms' recruitment and selection practices.

Category of impact

  • Economic and commerce
  • Education
  • Policy and legislation
  • Professional practice, training and standards
  • Quality of life and safety

    Research areas

  • social mobility, recruitment, graduates

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