We believe everyone in our society should have an equal chance to achieve their dream career, regardless of their background. Our Socioeconomic Backgrounds hub provides employment, education and training advice to help ensure everyone can reach their full potential.

Definitions 

  • Socioeconomic background 

A person’s socioeconomic background is measured through specific factors such as income, education, wealth and occupation. It refers to the background you are from, including the wealth and education status of your parents or primary caregivers.  

  • Socioeconomic inequality 

Socioeconomic inequality refers to the disparity that individuals may have in relation to their social and economic resources that are linked to their socioeconomic background. This includes access to and equality of education, earnings and income.  

  • Social mobility 

Social mobility refers to a shift in an individual’s socioeconomic status. People who are born privileged, for example to parents who have a university education and work in above-minimum wage jobs, are more likely to remain privileged in their adult life. While, those who come from a disadvantaged socioeconomic background may need to overcome barriers to improve their social mobility.  

Discrimination

Socioeconomic background or status is not a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010. However, this does not mean that people who are from a disadvantaged socioeconomic background do not face inequality and discrimination in society.  

On average, people living in deprived communities live seven years less than people in wealthier neighbourhoods. Moreover, individuals who face discrimination because of a protected characteristic, such as race, disability or gender, are significantly overrepresented among the most socioeconomically disadvantaged in society.  

Aspiring to Include are here to support individuals reach their full potential, no matter of their background or socioeconomic status. In our Socioeconomic Backgrounds hub, you can explore our dedicated guides to:  

For information and advice on your rights under UK law, visit our guide. While socioeconomic status is not classified among the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, this does not mean you do not have the right to equal and fair opportunities in employment and education. 

We understand that people from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds may need financial support in order to access employment and education opportunities. Visit our guide to Funding, Grants and Scheme to explore a number of financial initiatives that may be able to support you achieve your goals.  

If your parents attended university, then statistically you’re more likely to attend university too. We’re here to provide you with all the information and support needed to succeed if you’re the first in your family to attend university. 

Visit our Support and Resources to explore information about a number of useful organisations that support people from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds access employment and education opportunities.

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