Dr Fuk Ying Tse

Lecturer in Work and Employment

School/Department: Business, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 5644



I joined the School of Business as a Lecturer in Work and Employment in August 2020. I hold a PhD in industrial relations from the University of Warwick an MPhil and a BSSc in government and public administration from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Before moving to Leicester, I was an early career fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study and a seminar tutor at Warwick Business School and the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick. I also worked as a labour policy researcher in the NGO sector focusing on migrant workers in southern China.


I research on pay systems pay contestation and pay communication. As a qualitative researcher, I conducted extensive fieldwork in the manufacturing sector in China for my doctoral research. On this basis I am developing a comparative approach to examine cross-national differences in institutional and social factors affecting the disclosure of pay information and its contestation at the organisational sectoral and national levels. Due to my previous working experience in labour organisations I am also keen on collaborating with organisations beyond academia for research projects which would be conducive to informed labour rights advocacy campaigns and labour education programmes especially in the areas of living wage and collective bargaining.



Journal articles

Tse, F.Y. (2022) ‘Learning about pay at work: a labour process approach to pay transparency’, Work, Employment and Society. DOI: 10.1177/09500170211070442.

Tse, F.Y. (2021) ‘Dying for an iPhone: Apple, Foxconn, and the lives of China’s workers. By Jenny CHAN, Mark SELDON, and PUN Ngai’, ILR Review, 74(2), pp.551-552. (Book Review)

Fuchs, D., Tse, P.F.Y. and Feng, X. (2019) ‘Labour research under coercive authoritarianism: comparative reflections on fieldwork challenges in China’, Economic and Industrial Democracy, 40(1), pp. 132-155.

Selected non-academic publications

Tse F.Y. and Worker Empowerment (2021) The Half-year Period of Workers Returning to Work in 2020: Changes in Labour Conditions of Garment Industry in the Pearl River Delta Region [in Chinese]. Abridged version available at:

Tse. F.Y. (2019) ‘Political strikes in Hong Kong: not the first, and probably not the last’, Novara Media, August 19, 2019. Available at:

Tse, F.Y. (2014) ‘How to enforce the Labour Contract Law?’, Asia Dialogue, October 9. Available at:



I am interested in supervising students whose interests cover any of the following areas:

  • Pay/reward management
  • Pay communication
  • Labour process theory
  • Employment relations and labour movements in an East Asian context


In 2021/22 I am teaching/convening the following modules:

  • MN3116/LM3504 Employment Relations in a Global Economy
  • MN1012 Managing Human Resources
  • MN1013 The Future of Work

I also supervise dissertations for the following programmes:

  • BA in Human Resource Management
  • MSc in Human Resource Management and Training
  • Doctor of Social Sciences


Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2020


Selected conference presentations:

Galetto, M., Evans, C. and Tse, F.Y. (2021) ‘Gender Pay Gap Reporting: Compliance Behaviour of UK Employers in Different Sectors’, Gender, Work and Organisation Annual Conference. Kent (virtual), 30 June-2 July.

Ryu, J. and Tse, P.F.Y (2019) ‘The Incompatibility of Organisational Strategies in Fulfilling Sustainability Requirements of Different Dimensions: the Chinese Auto Parts Industry as a Case’, the 35th European Group of Organisation Studies (EGOS) Colloquium. Edinburgh, 4-6 July.

Tse, P.F.Y. (2018) ‘Managerial Control over the Understanding of Wage in Chinese Auto Part Factories’, the International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA) World Congress. Seoul, 23-27 July.

Tse, P.F.Y. (2018) ‘Agreeing on the Wage: the Imposition of Wage Systems on the Shop Floor in a Chinese Context’, the International Labour Process Conference. Buenos Aires, 21-23 March.

Tse, P.F.Y. (2016) ‘A Critical Perspective of Wage Determination and its Potential in Chinese Workplace Studies’, the 9th Asian Regional Congress of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA). Beijing, 1-3 November.

Tse, P.F.Y. (2016) ‘Agreeing on the Wage: the Contestation and Negotiation of Wage Levels in Chinese Factories’, the 3rd International Sociological Association (ISA) Forum of Sociology. Vienna, 10-14 July.

Tse, P.F.Y. and Chan, C.K.C. (2015) ‘Migrant Workers' Pension Protection in China: Problems, Protests and Prospect’, Social Policy Association Annual Conference. Belfast, 6-8 July.


Selected invited talks and presentations:

‘Labour market integration and employment prospects for recent immigrants from Hong Kong to the UK’, Migration, Mobility and Citizenship Network seminar series, University of Leicester (virtual), January 26, 2022.

‘A path forward? Collective bargaining in China’, Historical Materialism in East Asia 2021: Recentering East Asia (virtual), August 21-29, 2021.

‘Learning about pay on the shop floor: pay communication in Chinese auto-parts factories’, Labour Relations and Workplace Dynamics in Contemporary China, Centre for Sustainable Work and Employment Futures, University of Leicester (virtual), June 17, 2020.

‘Wage communication practices and their impact on workers’ understanding of plant-level wage systems’, Labour Studies Network seminar series, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, November 22, 2018.

‘An investigation on the implementation of the Labour Contract Law: findings in brief’, Chinese Labour in the Global Economy: Capitalist Exploitation and Strategies of Resistance, Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice and the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Politics, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, September 11-12, 2014.



PhD in Organisations and HRM / Industrial Relations, University of Warwick (2019)

MPhil in Government and Public Administration, Chinese University of Hong Kong (2009)

BSSc in Government and Public Administration, Chinese University of Hong Kong (2006)

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