United Kingdom


  • Industry: Government & Public Sector
  • Type: Press release
  • Date: 28/08/2014

Britain's success depends on unlocking talent, regardless of background 


David Gardner, Director of Public Policy at KPMG UK, comments on the "Elitist Britain?" report (PDF 5.74 MB) published today by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission (SMCP) into the diversity of educational institutions in the professions and public life. He said:


“This research highlights an under representation of state school and non-Oxbridge educated across the institutions that have such a profound influence on what happens in our country.


“It is noteworthy that while there are big challenges for business on diversity in leadership, the evidence suggests that the private sector is actually more meritocratic than Whitehall, the judiciary or military top brass and movement is positive. The fact that 47% of CEOs were educated internationally just underpins the UK's role as a global hub and our relative openness to the best talent from all corners of the world.


“We are committed to the broadest talent pool, social mobility and economic inclusion working with our communities.”


At KPMG, we support the five recommendations:


  • Schools outreach: Employers should build long-term relationships with schools on mentoring, careers advice, and insights into work


  • Work experience and internships: Firms should advertise work experience and pay internships


  • Recruitment and selection: Employers should broaden the range of universities they recruit from and use school and university-blind applications


  • Flexible entry: Employers should build non-graduate routes, such as Higher Apprenticeships and school-leaver programmes


  • Monitoring and data collection: Firms should collect and publish data on data on social background of new recruits and existing staff.




Media enquiries:


Nahidur Rahman, KPMG Press Office

020 7694 8812 (t), 0788191 6975 (m) or nahidur.rahman@kpmg.co.uk

KPMG Press Office: 020 7694 8773


About KPMG


KPMG LLP, a UK limited liability partnership, is a subsidiary of KPMG Europe LLP and operates from 22 offices across the UK with approximately 11,500 partners and staff.  The UK firm recorded a turnover of £1.8 billion in the year ended September 2013. KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax, and Advisory services. It operates in 155 countries and has 155,000 professionals working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International"), a Swiss entity.  Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such.


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