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Minimum Wage Increase

21 July 2008
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update

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.

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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)      Provinces
Bangkok, Nakornpatom, Nonthaburi, Pathumthani, Samuth Prakarn and Samuth Sakorn 
197 Phuket
180 Chonburi
179 Saraburi
173 Chacheongsao, Ayudhya and Rayong
170 Nakornratchasima
169 Ranong
168 Chiang Mai and Phang Nga
165 Kanchanaburi and Krabi
164 Ratchburi
163 Chanthaburi, Lopburi and Prachinburi
162 Leoy
161 Aangthong and Singburi
160 Prachuabkirikun, Samuthsongkarm and Sakaew
158 Chumporn and Uthaithani
157 Chiang Rai, Nongkhai, Songkhla, Trang and Udonthani
156 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
153 Nakornpanom, Naratiwas and Amnaj Chareon
152 Mukdaharn and Pitsanulok
151 Mae Hong Son, Mahasarakarm, Nan, Sukhothai, Surin and Tak
150 Payao, Pichit, Prae and Srisaked
149 Utharadit
148 Chaiyaphum
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.  
For further information, please contact:
Utain Vichaipairojwong ( )
Punnaros Tintanorm ( )
Learn more about our Bangkok office and Employment & Labour pratice.

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