Date of release: Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Research into the difficulties faced by young professionals searching for skilled and secure jobs within the EU has led to a prestigious funding award for a University of Greenwich academic.

Dr Barbara Samaluk, from the Business School, has been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship. This means she joins a select group of just one hundred young researchers from across the UK who have been selected for funding to pursue their studies further.

An expert on migration, transnational employment relations and welfare in Europe, Dr Samaluk's research will be looking at the experiences of highly qualified young graduates and professionals, such as teachers and social care workers. Their entry into the national labour market is frustrated by conditions of austerity, and ultimately many of them become migrants seeking better career opportunities in other countries in the single EU market.

Within her project, entitled Aiming for skilled or secure employment on the EU market: a Sisyphean task?, she will explore workers' strategies and choices, and assess the labour invested by them when moving between various work and non-work statuses, and geographical and political boundaries, in search of skilled or secure employment.

A Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship rewards talented young scholars who have demonstrated a track record of innovative and topical research. The funding is intended to assist those in the relatively early states of their academic careers, helping them to rise on the career ladder.

Dr Samaluk, a Research Fellow within the university's Work and Employment Research Unit, says: "This research covers an important and highly topical subject, and I'm honoured that the award both recognises my previous work and will assist my future efforts. My aim is for the research to contribute new insights on the socio-economic costs of austerity, its emigration effects and power relations that form within transnational exchange.

"This knowledge will, hopefully, help towards improving the precarious conditions of young and mobile professionals across Europe."

Story by Public Relations.

Picture: Dr Barbara Samaluk, Business School, University of Greenwich.