BANGKOK, Thailand — Thailand’s national wage committee on Wednesday approved the minimum wage rise across the country, ranging from 5 to 22 baht per day, effective on April 1, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.
After seven hour meeting on the increase of the minimum wage, Permanent Secretary for Labour Jarin Chakkaphark as head of the committee said the new rates vary, depending on economic conditions of each province.
The highest rate of 330 baht is introduced to three provinces of Phuket, Chon Buri and Rayong, followed by 325 baht in Bangkok and surrounding provinces.
Fourteen provinces receive the new rate of 320 baht, including Ubon Ratchathani, Suphan Buri, Saraburi, Ayutthaya, Nongkhai, Lop Buri, Trat, Khon Kaen, Songkhla, Surat Thani, Krabi, Chiang Mai, Nakhon Ratchasima and Phang-nga.
Three southern border provinces – Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat get the lowest increase at 308 baht.
With the new rate to be applied in April, the country’s minimum wage will stay around 315.97 baht per day on average.
After the meeting, representatives of employees are reportedly satisfied with the approval of the wage rise.
The permanent secretary said the resolution of the meeting was unanimous as the government has put assistance measures in place for employers. They can use the wage amount as 1.5 times expense deduction in calculating the corporate income tax.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK