New minimum wages for skilled labor to take effect Aug 10


BANGKOK – New wages for skilled labor in twenty professions in five industries will be enforced this August 10th, according to the Labor Ministry.


M.L. Puntrik Smiti, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Labor, said the new wage system will allow skilled workers to earn the money they deserve whereas the employers will be able to recruit workers whose skills and abilities are up to the standard set by the ministry itself.
The five industries that will see a minimum wage hike are electrical and electronics, auto-parts, automotive, jewelry, and logistics. The new wages will range between 410-550 baht per day, effective this upcoming Wednesday, August 10th.

The permanent secretary said the ministry had already announced new minimum wages in a total of 35 professions. And up until now, more than 70,000 workers have passed occupational skills standards assessment.

He said the ministry was also looking into the possibility of regulating minimum wages in eleven more industries such as furniture and plastic manufacturing, in order to motivate the workers to improve themselves.


  1. JEZ … my Thai GF used to demand a 2000 ThB “Slollory” every Monday morning. That’s like 300 ThB/Day. We are no longer together … Teerak!

  2. JEZ; my Thai GF used to demand a 2000 ThB “Slollory” every Monday morning. That’s 300 ThB per day. I paid for all expenses. I think she bought me a coffee once in 3 years? Needless to say we are not together. Irreconcilable differences … mostly due to age & finances. No more Teerak … only golf & diving!


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