Radio 1 and 1Xtra presenters take BBC class test


Greg James

People in the UK now fit into seven social classes, according to a major study for the BBC.

It says the traditional categories of working, middle and upper class are out of date and apply to less than half of people.

It found a new model of seven classes ranging from the elite at the top to a "precariat" at the bottom.

The study measures how much 'capital' people have in economic, cultural and social terms.

You can take the test here - Newsbeat asked some Radio 1 and 1Xtra presenters to have a go.

Greg James - established middle class

Greg James

Members of this class have high levels of all three capitals although not as high as the elite.

They are a gregarious and culturally engaged class.

Greg says he knows a cleaner (his own) and that he's been to a stately home "once, for a laugh."

He comes out in the second highest class: "I would agree with that. I could have told you that anyway.

"It's one step away from elite. Does that mean I can join the royal family?"

Trevor Nelson - elite

trevor nelson

This is the most privileged class in Great Britain. Their high amount of economic capital sets them apart from everyone else.

Trevor says it's not as simple as that: "I think that's a load of rubbish.

"I go out of my way not to hang out with the elite.

"Once you're working class you're always working class.

"I think we are class-obsessive and I don't think class matters at all.

"You can do well in life but hold onto certain values."

Twin B - also elite

Twin B

Twin isn't sure what class he should be in, but doesn't agree with the results.

"I'm not quite sure if that's me, I think it's a bit cringe to be honest.

"I've got friends in music who have turned from not earning much to millionaires in the space of a year.

"Does that change their class? No not really.

"Does it change their bank account? Hell yeah!"