UK government body is urging employers to ask questions about existing potential employees’ backgrounds in a bid to break the hold of the ‘old boys’ network’. The Social Mobility Commission, part of the Department of Education, said insufficient data on socio-economic diversity was frequently the largest obstacle to recruiting and retaining talented people from poorer backgrounds. The advisory non-departmental public body, which monitors progress towards improving social mobility in the UK and promotes social mobility in England, published a guide on 6 February to help employers attract...

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