Interesting Fact - The Class System

A while ago we posted about the new class system in the UK.  Well they're at it again. This fits in nicely with Saturday's Business English session where we mentioned demographics.

The LSE have worked out which class you belong to by Income, Education, Work, Likes, Address, and Who You Talk To.

(The precariat, or precarious proletariat - Make up 15% of the country with an annual income of £8,253.  They have a low level education, are unemployed or work as cleaners / cashiers, with no cultural interests.  They live outside the South East of the country, and seemingly only talk to each other.

The traditional working class -  Make up 14% of the country, with an annual income of  £13,305. Few have a degree of any kind, they work as secretaries, lorry drivers and electricians, and have a moderate interest in music and art. They live in Scotland and Wales, and talk to other traditional working class people.

Emergents - Emergent service workers - Make up 19% of the country, with an annual income of £21,048. They have arts degrees, work as chefs, in care, or as nursing assistants, and are interested in pop, sort and social networks. They live in cities and large university towns, and talk to lower social groups and ethnic minorities.
   
New affluent workers -  Make up 15% of the country, with an annual income of £29,252. Few have a degree of any kind, work as sales engineers, and are interested in gigs and social media. They live in the Midlands and the North, and talk to lower social groups.

Technical middle class - Make up 6% of the country, with an annual income of £37,428. They have a science degree, and work as pilots and pharmacists, but have no time for art.  They live in the South East and suburbs, and talk to other experts.

Established middle class - Make up 25% of the country, with an annual income of £47,184. They will have been to university, and tend to work as town planners, police and midwives, with an interest in highbrow and newer pop.  They live in the suburbs and rural areas, talk to the elite, each other and the "lower groups".

The Elite - Make up 6% of the country, with an annual income of £89,082.  They will have been to Oxbridge or LSE, and work as chief executives, bankers and dentists, with an interest in classical music, jazz and art. They live in London and the Home Counties, and they talk to each other.

Of course the elite went to the LSE! It all makes sense now.)

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