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NI graduates have tougher time rising to top of firms

'Academics found that the most senior jobs, attracting the highest salaries, are most likely to go to white, male graduates who attended elite universities' (stock photo)
'Academics found that the most senior jobs, attracting the highest salaries, are most likely to go to white, male graduates who attended elite universities' (stock photo)

By Claire Hayhurst

There is a two-tier recruitment system in the UK's top multinational firms, with the best jobs dominated by privileged white graduates over ethnic minority graduates, a study has suggested.

Academics found that the most senior jobs, attracting the highest salaries, are most likely to go to white, male graduates who attended elite universities.

Graduates from parts of the UK other than London were less likely to have a higher starting salary.

Those from Northern Ireland were more than 10% less likely, while those from the North West and South West were both 7% less likely.

Women were 4% less likely to have a higher starting salary than men on entry to a top multinational firm.

The study, published in the British Journal of Sociology, drew on data from the Destination of Leavers in Higher Education survey.

It examined 3,260 graduates recruited by 31 elite companies, including firms such as Goldman Sachs, Barclays Bank, HSBC and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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