It never fails to spark a debate in the pub – but now people applying for civil service jobs are being asked it too.
Government bosses want to know how working class their staff think they are – when compared with most people.
The answers will not be used to decide who gets a job – but to help recruit a more diverse workforce.
The question will be: “Compared to people in general, would you describe yourself as coming from a lower socio-economic background?”
The options are: Yes, No, Don’t Know and Prefer Not To Say.
Applicants will also be asked whether they were entitled to free school meals, the type of school they went to and their parents’ occupations and qualifications.
The government has drawn up the questionnaire