18 Dec 2019
THAILAND: Daily Minimum Wage to Rise by 5-6 Baht as of 1 January 2020
The country’s daily minimum wage for unskilled workers is set to increase to Baht 313-336 (US$10.31-11.07) from its current level of Baht 308-330 (US$10.15-10.87) as of 1 January next year. The new pay level, an increase of just Baht 5-6 (16-20 US cents), was approved by Thailand’s National Wage Committee on 6 December.
With wage bands tiered across Thailand, actual pay will be decided on a sliding regional scale with the Baht 6 raise applying to the capital Bangkok and the provinces of Chonburi, Phuket, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Prachin Buri, Samut Prakan and Samut Sakhon, while the Baht 5 increase is set for implementation in all other provinces. This will see workers in areas with a comparatively higher cost of living, such as Chonburi and Phuket paid at the higher end of the wage range (Baht 336 per day), while those in the least developed provinces, such as Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala, will be paid just Baht 313 a day.