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Government prepares to recruit Thais to address labour shortage

Government prepares to recruit Thais to address labour shortage

BANGKOK: The Thai government aims to promote employment for Thais in industries facing labour shortages and is preparing to recruit Thais to fill more than 400,000 jobs left vacant by migrant workers due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

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By National News Bureau of Thailand

Sunday 19 September 2021, 12:37PM


Labour Minister Suchart Chomklin. Photo: NNT

Labour Minister Suchart Chomklin. Photo: NNT

Labour Minister Suchart Chomklin said on Saturday (Sept 18) that several industries are in need of labourers, as migrant workers have been prohibited from returning to Thailand during the COVID-19 pandemic, reports state news agency NNT.

Imports of migrant workers were suspended in March last year when the pandemic worsened, resulting in labour shortages, and employing Thai workers was one way of dealing with the problem.

He said that Thais aged up to 35 with high school level or lower education should be considered. Thai labourers will get salaries based on their educational level, as well as overtime and other welfare schemes.

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Mr Suchart said there is strong demand for both Thai and migrant workers in several industries, including apparel, canned food and electronics.

The Department of Employment (DoE) will survey employment demands among business operators who want to hire Thais as substitutes for migrant workers. So far, 112,759 Thais have registered for jobs with the department, he said.

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Kurt | 20 September 2021 - 09:54:09

400,000 Migrant workers left? Than also for jobless Thai on Phuket are thousands jobs elsewhere in Thailand. As Thai use to leave there province to work on Phuket, now the move has to take place in opposite direction. Jobs, salaries, overtime and welfare schemes are waiting for jobless Phuketians. 

 

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