Nepotism more important than ever in 'Intern Britain', claims Debrett's

Nepotism in the British job market is more important for young people than ever before, according to the CEO of the Debrett’s Foundation.

The social mobility organisation found that seven in every ten young Britons use family connections to get their first foot on the career ladder.

The CEO of Debrett’s, Joanne Milner, said that the rise of ‘Intern Britain’ meant that the importance of family favours had grown beyond its traditional role of aiding the privileged.

The report found that pupils from private schools were twice as likely to get prestigious internships in London, while 72% of would-be interns admit using family connections to secure placements.

Other findings included a quarter of young people believing a double-barrelled surname would secure them a better internship – an indication of the extent of social mobility issues in the UK.

Milner said of the results: “With young people having to complete seven work experience placements before landing the job they want, it’s safe to say that Intern Britain is here to stay.

“Securing the right work experience placement is difficult, considerably more so if you don’t have the right connections. Nepotism isn’t any more widespread than it was in the past, but it has a greater impact today.

“There are so many candidates for the top graduate jobs – it follows that those with the best experience have a better chance of securing them.

“We don’t want Intern Britain to have a negative impact on the diversity of future leaders and people of achievement in this country,” she added.


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