PhD Scholarship: “The Experience and/or the Regulation of Precarious Employment”

The University of Manchester - Alliance Manchester Business School

Alliance Manchester Business School is committed to recruiting the highest calibre Ph.D. students from across the globe. With an excellent international reputation, we strive to produce graduates and researchers of distinction who attain the highest standards of academic excellence, contribute to their disciplines and typify Original Thinking Applied.

This PhD scholarship offers three years’ funding, including doctoral programme tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £15,000 per year for candidates wishing to commence their studies in September 2018. The successful candidate will also receive a generous research support and conference allowance. You will also have access to a robust doctoral research training programme, dedicated research resources, training in transferable skills, visiting speaker seminar programme, and associate with existing research centres and groups. In addition, all students are encouraged to undertake training and development in teaching and deliver teaching and/or research assistantship duties on a paid basis to further enhance their experience in preparation for their future careers.

The Project

European economies have seen a strong rise in precarious employment, both through non-standard forms of employment (i.e. part-time work, fixed-term contracts, temporary agency work, self-employment) and through processes of subcontracting which have reduced the conditions of ‘standard’ employment. It has raised concerns on the implications for individuals and questions on regulatory responses.

This PhD would focus on the experience and/or the regulation of precarious employment with proposals welcome that emphasise one or the other dimension or plan to investigate both. The PhD is expected to cover one or more of the following themes: differences between national systems in regulating precarious work; the implementation of EU directives on equal treatment; the influence of benefits systems on the experience and take up of precarious work; the role of trade unions in reducing precarious work; interactions between social characteristics (e.g. migrants, students) and precarious work; and improvements in enforcement of regulation including responses to evasive behaviour by employers. The study will be comparative, potentially between different countries but could also be between different sectors, groups of workers, types of firms, etc.

The position will be organised within the Manchester Work and Equality Institute (WEI) and become part of the research on precarious employment.

Entry Requirements

Applications for this project are sought from exceptional UK, EU and international students with an outstanding academic background.

Applicants must have a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) and hold or expect to obtain a Masters level qualification with Distinction. English Language requirements (where required) are IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 623 (100 ibt), PTE 66.

How to apply

Candidates should submit a PhD application for the PhD Business & Management programme and indicate that they wish to be considered for this project.

Your application must contain a letter of interest outlining your background, interest and research skills related to the topic, understanding of the project, and how you satisfy the requirements described above.

Candidates are strongly advised to submit their application as early as possible. Candidates who do not submit the required supporting documents by the deadline will not be considered. 

Application deadline: 31st January 2018


For further details about the project, please contact Prof. Jill Rubery at

For questions related to making your application, please contact Lynne Barlow-Cheetham in the Doctoral Programmes Office:

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