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Phuket, Chon Buri minimum wage to rise B6, from Jan 1

Phuket, Chon Buri minimum wage to rise B6, from Jan 1

PHUKET: Phuket and Chon Buri will remain the two provinces with the highest minimum wage in the country after the national wage committee today (Dec 6) to increase the minimum daily wage by B5-6.


By The Phuket News

Friday 6 December 2019, 05:42PM


Ministry of Labour Permanent Secretary Suthi Sukosol announced the proposed minimum wage hike today (Dec 6). Photo: Ministry of Labour

Ministry of Labour Permanent Secretary Suthi Sukosol announced the proposed minimum wage hike today (Dec 6). Photo: Ministry of Labour

The move will increase the daily minimum wage from B308-330 to B313-336, depending on the province affected. (see Ministry of Labour announcement here.)

The proposed rise to to be submitted to Cabinet to come into effect on Jan 1.

Unskilled workers in most provinces will be entitled to B315-320 a day.

Ministry of Labour Permanent Secretary Suthi Sukosol said that the committee made its decision after careful consideration of factors including employees’ cost of living, employers’ ability to pay, and local and global economic conditions, reported the Bangkok Post.

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"We believe that the increment will enable workers to survive and also support national growth. The impact will be minimal. Investment can be promoted and the economy can grow," he said.

Mr Suthi added that the B6 increase will come into effect in nine provinces: Chon Buri, Phuket, Prachin Buri, Bangkok, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan and Samut Sakhon.

The minimum wage in the remaining 68 provinces will increase by B5, he added.

After the increase comes into effect, the minimum wage throughout the country will be set at 10 different rates, as follows:

  • B336 – Chon Buri and Phuket
  • B335 – Rayong
  • B331 – Nakhon Pathom, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan and Samut Sakhon
  • B330 – Chachoengsao
  • B325 – Krabi, Khon Kaen, Chiang Mai, Trat, Nakhon Ratchasima, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Phang Nga, Songkhla, Saraburi, Suphanburi, Surat Thani, Nong Khai and Ubon Ratchathani
  • B324 – Prachinburi
  • B323 – Nonthaburi, Chanthaburi, Nakhon Nayok, Mukdahan, Sakon Nakhon and Samut Songkhram
  • B320 – Kanchanaburi, Chai Nat, Nakhon Phanom, Nakhon Sawan, Nan, Bueng Kan, Buriram, Prachuap Khirikhan, Phatthalung, Phitsanulok, Phetchaburi, Phetchabun, Yasothon, Roi Et, Sa Kaeo, Surin, Ang Thong, Udon Thani and Uttaradit
  • B315 – Kamphaeng Phet, Chaiyaphum, Chumphon, Chiang Rai, Trang, Tak, Nakhon Si Thammarat. Ratchapichit, Phrae, Maha Sarakham, Mae Hong Son, Ranong, Ratchaburi, Lampang, Lamphun, Si Sa Ket, Satun, Sing Buri, Sukhothai, Nong Bua Lamphu, Uthai Thani and Amnat Charoen
  • B313 Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala

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Kurt | 10 December 2019 - 11:04:58

It is all about keeping the poor remain poor, exploitable, buyable at election time, available for populist  'merit doing' by the rich with handing out goodies, showing on tv how good they are and care for the poor. For that you need to have poor people, right?

goldwing | 09 December 2019 - 12:10:02

That will surely turn the economy round, and extra 30 baht per week to be spent.

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