South Korea increases quota for Thai workers to 7,000

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Bangkok – South Korea is recruiting 7,000 Thai nationals to work in the country this year.

Labor Minister Pol. Gen. Adul Saengsingkaew visited a testing center this week for language and job skill proficiency, which was organized by the Department of Employment at Zeer Rangsit shopping mall. The department also performed background checks on the individuals who passed the examinations.

A total of 6,123 workers have passed the exams so far. Their profiles will be submitted to Korean employers for recruitment between April 30 and May 10. Proficiency testing for the remaining 877 vacancies will likely be conducted in June.

Korean jobs offer salaries in the range of 48,000 to 51,000 baht a month. Each worker is estimated to be able to generate at least 30,000 baht in remittances per month, or 360,000 baht per year. If all 7,000 positions are filled, the workers are projected to generate about 2.52 billion baht in capital inflows to Thailand per year.

The contract for a Thai worker in South Korea has a maximum duration of four years and 10 months. The contract can be renewed with the same term limit.

Those interested in Korean employment can contact their local employment office for more information or call the Ministry of Labor’s hotline 1506, extension 2.