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Many Thais face salary cuts, job loss due to pandemic, survey finds

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The coronavirus pandemic has already led many into financial difficulties, some being put on temporary leave from their jobs, and others losing their jobs altogether. A recent survey shows that 1 in 4 workers lost their jobs or were currently out of work as a result of the impacts of the pandemic crippling the economy. A significant percentage of those that kept their jobs say the pandemic negatively impacted their pay cheques.

The survey done by the job search firm JobsDB interviewed 1,400 Thai employees and 400 employers. They found that 9% lost their jobs, 16% were placed on temporary leave and 45% of people that kept their job say their pay was impacted. Some people took a salary cut of 11% to 20% , others had no bonuses or salary increases.

“The hardest hit group are those with a monthly salary below 16,000 bah.”

Back in May, the Thai Chamber of Commerce said millions of people could lose their jobs due to lockdown measures.

SOURCES: Khaosod | National News Bureau of Thailand

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    Glenn

    Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    Title says “Many Thais face salary cuts, job loss due to pandemic, survey finds”

    should be corrected to;

    “Many Thais face salary cuts, job loss due to government authoritarian over-reaction to CV, survey finds”

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      dimitri visser

      Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 8:24 pm

      “over-reaction to CV” That’s an opinion, and can be true. But it is not what the survey found 😉

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    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    Dead right Glenn.
    What is the last month’s deaths on the road compare to the virus deaths.
    Yet are the traffic laws enforced = no.
    But break virus laws, especially if you are a felang – B 1000.000 fine!

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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“The rules signal greater willingness by countries around the world to rein in big tech firms such as Google, Facebook and Twitter that the governments fear have become too powerful with little accountability.”

India has issued strict new rules for Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms just weeks after the Indian government attempted to pressure Twitter to take down social media accounts it deemed, well, anti social.

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When the airlines, in particular, were asking the government to put their hands in their pockets for some relief funding in August last year, it was genuinely thought that international tourists would be coming back for the high season in December and January. At the very least local tourists and expats would head back to the skies over the traditional holiday break. And surely the Chinese would be back for Chinese New Year?

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Domestically, the hotel business saw 6 million room nights in the government’s latest stimulus campaign fully redeemed. But the air ticket quota of 2 million seats still has over 1.3 million seats unused. Local tourists mostly skipped flights and opted for destinations within driving distance of their homes.

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