Govt to increase minimum wage up to by 6 baht daily effective January 1st

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BANGKOK – The minimum wages committee has finalized the minimum daily wages for 2020 to range from 313 baht to 336 baht, with a 6 baht increase in 9 provinces. The new wages will be effective from 1 January 2020 after the approval from Cabinet.

The Ministry of Labour Permanent Secretary Suthi Sukosol revealed the that the committee has approved minimum wage adjustment for 2020, which will range from 313 baht to 336 baht daily in 10 tiers, according to each province.

The highest daily minimum wage of 336 baht will be imposed in Chonburi and Phuket, while the lowest of 313 baht daily will be imposed in Narathiwat, Pattani, and Yala. The minimum wage for Bangkok, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathumthani, Samut Prakan, and Samut Sakhon will be 331 baht daily.

Changes in the minimum wage include 6 baht increase in Chonburi, Phuket, Prachinburi, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, and Samut Sakhon, while other provinces will see a 5 baht increase.

This finalized wage adjustments will be proposed to the Cabinet as quickly as possible to seek approval in time for the effective date of 1 January 2020.

The Labour Ministry permanent secretary said many factors have been taken into consideration, including living costs, the inflation rate, national competitiveness. He said the new wages will be beneficial to the economy. The Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Industry now have measures in place to maintain the living costs, providing an unemployment insurance scheme and increasing worker skills.