'Poshness tests' block working-class applicants at top companies

Matthew Weaver, Jun 16, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is part of the explanation of why education alone is insufficient to ensure social and economic equity in society: "as university education has become more prevalent employers have turned their attention to other characteristics 'such as personal style, accent and mannerisms, adaptability, team working'. These 'soft skills' were repeatedly found to be interpreted as 'proxies for ‘talent’'." In different societies what counts as 'posh' varies, but those from elite backgrounds always have ways of recognizing their own.

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