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Big-hearted top graduates shun big money for jobs in social work

MEET Charley Lintern, high achiever at Oxford University, art expert and newly recruited social worker in one of England’s most deprived areas.

Lintern is among a first wave of 225 trainees who have spurned the prospect of wealth or conventional high-status careers to join a profession that has been battered by scandal and dogged by low morale.

The starting salary for recruits is between £19,500 and £23,700, rising to between £24,000 and £30,000 when they qualify in the second year.

Their chosen career path follows concerted efforts by the former Labour minister Lord Adonis and others to guide some of Britain’s most talented graduates away from the City and into public service.

Read the full article by Nicholas Hellen here (paywall).