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Thailand jobs listings rise in February, labour force recovering from pandemic

Neill Fronde

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After a pandemic-fueled unemployment freefall over the last year, costing 3 million people their jobs, February saw a big jump in employment demand for Thailand. Most job listings on the search platform JobsDV are for positions in the sales and customer service fields, followed by positions in the information technology field.

Employment demand rose nearly 25% from the lowest periods in 2020, which were during the 2 Covid-19 outbreaks, according to JobsDB Thailand. They say that the rise in employment demand is a “great sign of recovery in the Thai labour market.”

Last April listings on job listing platform JobsDB fell from January 2020 figures 35.6% while the second coronavirus outbreak in December led to an even bigger drop of 45.5% from January, down 37.9% from numbers in August 2020.

February shows a strong upward trend though, particularly with people in the IT field. Barring another wave of Covid-19, employment levels are looking likely to recover by 2022 to levels before the pandemic decimated the economy. JobsDB is predicting 5% year-on-year growth for Thailand’s job market.

While sales, business development and customer service saw the biggest increase in new job listings in Thailand last month, IT and engineering has shown significant growth and is a hot market for new Thai employment. Last year marketing and public relations, transport and logistics, and manufacturing had the highest demand growth. But IT just saw a 10% growth in jobs to fill and the Thai labour market needs skilled workers for emerging digital technologies.

JobsDB suggests Thai people need to brush up on their IT skills and Thailand needs to attract skilled foreign workers to jobs as well. A shortage of skilled workers exists as new jobs are created in artificial intelligence, blockchain and crypto tech, data protection, and machine learning.

Starting salaries of 20,000 to 40,000 baht a month should attract job-hunters to the IT field. Contractors or temporary workers face salaries under 16,000 baht a month. Aside from IT, specifically skilled jobs like legal officers and business analysts pay similar wages, as well as jobs in the telecom field.

While Singapore ranks number 1 as the country most sought by foreigners working abroad, Thailand has climbed from 39th in 2018 to 35th last year.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    “Starting salaries of 20,000 to 40,000 baht a month should attract job-hunters to the IT field.”

    But in Phuket average salaries are 40,000 baht a month!

    … aren’t they? ?

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    Ted

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 3:12 pm

    Haha good one! To bad Thaiger do not check, think and amend before they share others news [under their own name].

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    toby andrews

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 4:14 pm

    No they are B500 a 15 hour day and the night’s left overs from the restaurant.

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    Roger Bruce

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 8:12 pm

    My wife lives Bangkok area no sign of employment recovery mate
    As for wages, those she knows that work as normal people 10,000 baht a month is about it
    Her friend’s son’s work gov jobs 10-11,000 a month is it
    Her ex is a boss in Gov 15-20,000 is his top
    So where this crap comes from ???

    Good Luck Thailand

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    “Contractors or temporary workers face salaries under 16,000 baht a month”

    No wonder they go to Phuket …

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    Mr cynic

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 5:09 am

    That’s like saying the uk stock market is up.yes it is from the bottom of the trough last year but it it’s still way below pre crisis levels.

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    Jesus Monroe

    Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 5:26 pm

    Trying telling that to 120000 sex workers…….

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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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