Research and analysis

Social mobility index

The social mobility index sets out the differences between where children grow up and the chances they have of doing well in adult life.

Applies to England



The report compares the chances for children from poorer backgrounds:

  • doing well at school
  • finding a good job
  • having a decent standard of living

The methodology report:

  • explains which data was used
  • defines social mobility and disadvantage
  • explains how to understand and use the data spreadsheet

The data spreadsheet shows the social mobility index by local authority.

Published 31 January 2016
Last updated 16 June 2016 + show all updates
  1. Correction to Westminster local authority’s school and youth rankings in the social mobility index data spreadsheet.

  2. Updated the document 'Data for the social mobility index'.

  3. First published.