Research and analysis

Socio-economic diversity in the Fast Stream: the Bridge report

The Bridge Group has written a report on socio-economic diversity in the government's main graduate development programme.



The Cabinet Office commissioned the Bridge Group, in collaboration with the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring at Durham University, to report on socio-economic diversity in the Fast Stream. The Bridge Group is a charitable policy association that promotes social mobility.

The Bridge report is the first of its kind published by any employer in the country, and includes analysis of recruitment data relating to almost 140,000 candidates. It looks at why applicants from lower socio-economic backgrounds are less likely to apply to the Fast Stream, and less likely to succeed if they do apply. It sets out recommendations to address the lack of social mobility across the public and private sectors.