Top recruiters have been urged by the government to ignore unpaid internships and degree classifications to boost social mobility.

A recent study from the Association of Graduate Recruiters and Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services has spurred the government into action.

Many employers were discovered to be ‘unintentionally’ using tactics that prejudiced their selection of candidates against those from poorer backgrounds. They looked ‘favourably’ upon students with the resources to have completed unpaid internships.

The study further suggested that there are intrinsic barriers to social mobility in the consideration of degree classifications and universities attended by candidates. Figures show students from poor backgrounds are less likely to go onto the very top universities, while the current degree classification system was deemed to be neglecting students’ wider skills.

The Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) is considered by some to be a more accurate assessment of graduate skills than degree classification.

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