Thailand - New Minimum Wage Rates Now Effective.

Legal News & Analysis - Asia Pacific - Thailand - Labour & Employment

4 February, 2020

 

Further to our client alert issued following the resolution passed by the national wage committee on 6 December 2019 regarding the new minimum wage, the notification of the national wage committee prescribing new minimum wages for unskilled workers was published in the Royal Gazette on 27 December and has already entered into force, with effect from 1 January 2020 onwards. 

 

Minimum Wage Increment Expected from January 2020


The tripartite national wage committee is expected to propose an increase to the minimum wage to the Cabinet to take effect from 1 January 2020 onwards.

The proposed increment is applicable to unskilled workers and ranges from 313-336 Baht, depending on provinces, representing an increase of five to six Baht from the current daily wage rate range of 308-330 Baht.

The resolution passed by the national wage committee on 6 December 2019 involves ten new wage levels as follows:
 

Minimum Wage Rate
(Baht/Day)
Number
of
Provinces
Provinces
313 3 Narathiwat, Pattani, and Yala
315 22 Amnat Charoen, Chaiyaphum, Chiang Rai,  Chumphon, Kamphaeng Phet, Lampang, Lamphun,  Mae Hong Son, Maha Sarakham, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Nong Bua Lamphu, Phichit, Phrae,  Ranong, Ratchaburi, Satun, Si Sa Ket, Sing Buri, Sukhothai, Tak, Trang and Uthai Thani
320 21 Ang Thong, Bung Kan, Buri Ram, Chai Nat, Kanchanaburi, Loei, Nakhon Phanom, Nakhon Sawan, Nan, Phattalung, Phayao, Phetchabun, Phetchaburi, Phitsanulok, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Roi Et, Sa Kaeo, Surin, Udon Thani, Uttaradit and Yasothon
323 6 Chanthaburi, Kalasin, Mukdahan, Nakhon Nayok, Sakon Nakhon, and Samut Songkram
324 1 Prachin Buri
325 14 Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen, Krabi, Lop Buri, Nakorn Ratchasrima, Nong Khai,  Phangnga, Saraburi, Songkla, Suphan Buri, Sarat Thani, Trat and Ubon Ratchathani
330 1 Chachoengsao
331 6 Bangkok, Pathum Thani, Nakorn Pathom, Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan and Samut Sakhon
335 1 Rayong
336 2 Chonburi and Phuket


It is expected that the Cabinet will consider and approve the new minimum wage proposal by 17 December 2019, paving the way for it to be legally enacted and effective from 1 January 2020. The national wage committee is also planning to discuss new minimum wages for skilled workers on 9 January 2020. The new wage rates appear to be well received by employers as the raise is relatively minimal.

We will keep you informed of further developments on this issue. Meanwhile, if you have any questions, please let us know.

 

Baker McKenzie

 

For further information, please contact: 

 

Waratchaya Tungsuwan, Partner, Baker & McKenzie 

Suriyong.tungsuwan@bakermckenzie.com