New research has revealed Britons believe that an under-representation of people from working class backgrounds in top jobs is more serious than an under representation of women in the same roles.
The findings came from a YouGov poll which asked respondents to answer the question ‘Which do you consider a more serious problem?’, with five possible answers provided.
From the five options, the under-representation of people from working class backgrounds came top with 16 percent of people considering it to be a serious problem.
— YouGov (@YouGov) September 26, 2017
In contrast, only eight percent of Brits believed that the under-representation of women was a serious problem, while a further 26 percent believed that neither were serious.
The results came from a survey of 5293 UK adults, who were questioned earlier this week.
A new report by the broadcasting watchdog showed that 39% of the BBC’s senior management roles are held by women, lower than Viacom and ITV.
The corporation employs 8% more older men (over 50) than women, and older men are generally more likely to be employed than older women by the broadcasters.
The BBC said: ‘Ofcom’s report uses old figures which don’t show the recent progress we have made.
‘Figures we’ve already published in 2017 show we have increased our representation across the board including in our female, LGBT, BAME and disability workforce.’