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Class, pay and students

April 15th, 2010 by Graham Attwell

Coming from Pontypridd in South Wales. the reported salary expectations of Conservative Party supporting students comes as something of a shock.

The Guardian newspaper reports that “one in five Tory-voting students expects to command more than £100,000 by the age of 30, compared to just one in ten student Labour supporters. Conservative backers also have the most optimistic starting salary expectations, expecting an average of £22,900 in their first job.”

I have never earned 10000 pounds a year, and do not think I know anyone who has. Clearly class is still the most important factor in determining earnings potential and in likely voting patterns by students.

The Giardian goes on to say “Labour voters were less assured of their earning potential, predicting an average salary of £20,900.”

And, surprise, surprise: “Tory voters were also more likely to attend fee-paying schools. They expect to work in investment banking and management consulting jobs more so than their left-leaning counterparts.”

It is depressing to see that those working in the least useful jobs, in employment areas which have brought the world economy to its knees, remain those aasosicted with sucessful, well remunerated careers.

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