Nida Poll reveals Thai public opinion on civil servant salary and minimum wage increase

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The public opinion poll centre, Nida Poll, from the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), unveiled the results of a survey conducted between December 13 and December 15 among Thai citizens aged 18 and above. The study, spanning all regions, educational backgrounds, occupations, and incomes, involved a total of 1,310 samples and focused on the topic of civil servant salary increases and minimum wage. The survey used a multi-stage sampling method and was conducted via telephone interviews with a confidence interval of 97%.

The survey found when asked about their opinion on the salary increase for new civil servants within two years, 48.93% of the samples agreed that the raise was appropriate. The next 28.63% expressed that all groups of civil servants, regardless of whether they are new or have served for a long time, should receive a salary increase. In contrast, 13.66% stated that civil servants’ salaries should not be increased at this time, 3.74% deemed the raise too minimal, and 3.51% felt it was excessive. A small fraction, 1.53%, either refused to answer or were uninterested, reported Sanook.

Finally, when the public was asked their opinion on the proposed minimum wage increase ranging from 2 to 16 baht (US$ 0.057 to 0.46), 35.11% of the samples suggested that the minimum wage should be increased uniformly across all provinces. Following that, 28.40% believed the rise was too small, 28.32% found it just right, and 6.18% felt that the minimum wage should not be increased at this time. A small percentage, 0.84%, felt the raise was too much, and 1.15% either refused to answer or were uninterested.

In related news, workers’ representative and adviser to the Thai Labour Solidarity Committee (TLSC), Chalee Loysoong, has called for a nationwide flat rate minimum wage increase to 492 baht. Arguing that this will bolster purchasing power, he suggests it as a more sustainable strategy than the government’s proposed one-time 10,000 baht cash handout scheme, particularly when factoring in the multiplier effect. To read more click HERE

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