Minimum wages for foreigners hiked
PHUKET: Companies have until July 10 next year to increase to new minimum rates the wages of foreign employees on one-year permits to stay, Pol Capt Krissarat Nuesen of the Phuket Provincial Immigration Office, told the Gazette yesterday.
The new minimum monthly wage rates, which vary according to nationality, will be:
• Japanese, Americans and Canadians: 60,000 baht (currently 40,000 baht).
• Europeans and Australians: 50,000 baht (35,000 baht).
• South Koreans, Taiwanese, Singaporeans and Hongkongers: 45,000 baht (35,000 baht).
• Malaysians: 45,000 baht (30,000 baht).
• Indians and people from the Middle East: 35,000 baht (30,000 baht).
• Mainland Chinese, Indonesians and Filipinos: 35,000 baht (25,000 baht).
• Burmese, Laotians, Vietnamese, Cambodians and Africans: 25,000 baht (20,000 baht).
• Journalists working for newspapers: 20,000 baht (12,000 baht). Wages of journalists working for magazines and other media are categorized by nationalities.
Capt Krissarat said, “If companies don’t [increase their foreign workers’ wages] because they don’t want to pay their employees more money, they will have problems when they pay tax and when renewing their employees’ visas or work permits.”
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