21 July 2008
The Central Committee on Minimum Wage has approved an increase of between Baht 2 to Baht 11 in the minimum daily wage for all provinces of Thailand. The new rates will be effective from 1 June 2008.
Mr Chuthatawat Indrasukhsri, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Labour, and Chairman of Central Committee on Minimum Wage or Tripartite Committee (consisting of representatives from the government, employers and employees), said that the Committee resolved to increase the minimum daily wage by between Baht 2 and Baht 11, which will come into force on 1 June 2008.
Mr Chuthatawat added that Chiangrai will be the only province where the minimum daily wage will increase at the highest rate of Baht 11. With the increase, Chiangrai's minimum daily wage will be Baht 157 from the previous Baht 146. The 3 provinces where the minimum daily wage will rise by the lowest amount of Baht 2 are Sukhothai, Uttraradit and Chaiyaphum.
The 9 provinces where the minimum daily wage will increase by Baht 9 are Bangkok, Pathumthani, Nonthaburi, Samutsakorn, Nakornpathom, Samutprakarn, Saraburi, Ubonratchathani and Chiang Mai. Meanwhile in 63 other provinces, the minimum daily wage will be pro-ratedly adjusted in the range of Baht 7 to Baht 8.
Mr Chuthatawat concluded that this wage adjustment was considered on the basis of the 5% inflation rate and proposals submitted by each province's Provincial Wage Committee.
The minimum daily wage for each province now ranges between Baht 148 to Baht 203. Details of the new minimum wage for all provinces are listed as follows:
|New minimum wages (Baht)
Bangkok, Nakornpatom, Nonthaburi, Pathumthani, Samuth Prakarn and Samuth Sakorn
||Chacheongsao, Ayudhya and Rayong|
||Chiang Mai and Phang Nga|
||Kanchanaburi and Krabi|
||Chanthaburi, Lopburi and Prachinburi|
||Aangthong and Singburi|
||Prachuabkirikun, Samuthsongkarm and Sakaew|
||Chumporn and Uthaithani|
||Chiang Rai, Nongkhai, Songkhla, Trang and Udonthani|
||Kampangpetch, Lumpoon, Nakornnayok and Trad|
Burirum, Kalasin, Nakornsawan, Nakornsrithammarat, Pattanee, Pattalung, Petchboon, Sakolnakorn, Satul, Suratthani, Yala and Yasothorn
Chainat, Khonkaen, Lumpang, Nongbualumpu, Petchburi, Roy-Ed, Suphanburi and Ubonratchathani
||Nakornpanom, Naratiwas and Amnaj Chareon|
||Mukdaharn and Pitsanulok|
||Mae Hong Son, Mahasarakarm, Nan, Sukhothai, Surin and Tak|
||Payao, Pichit, Prae and Srisaked|
According to the Central Committee on Minimum Wage there may be another adjustment in the minimum daily wage by the end of this year. This measure seeks to offset the soaring cost of living and the rising inflation rate in Thailand.