The Cabinet approved a standard wage rate for workers in three occupational groups that possess a certificate from the Department of Skill Development (DSD).

Five fields in construction

  • Gypsum board installers: Level 1: THB450 per day, Level 2: THB595
  • Draftsmen: Level 1: THB645 per day
  • Tilers: Level 1: THB450 per day, Level 2: THB550, Level 3: THB650
  • Building painters: Level 1: THB465 baht per day, Level 2: THB600
  • Lightweight concrete masons and installers: Level 1: THB475 per day, Level 2: THB575.

Four fields in the industrial arts occupation group (new)

  • Jewellers: Level 1: THB450 per day, Level 2: THB550 per day, Level 3: THB650
  • Furniture installers: Level 1: THB430 per day, Level 2: THB550
  • Accessory makers: Level 1: TH525 baht per day
  • Niello workers: Level 1: THB625 per day

Seven fields in the service occupation group

  • Holistic health promotion therapists including those in massage therapy: Level 1: THB460 per day, Level 2: THB475
  • Pâtisserie makers: Level 1: THB400 per day, Level 2: THB505
  • Front office employees: Level 1: THB440 per day, Level 2: THB565
  • Food and beverage employees in the hotel and restaurant business: Level 1: THB440 baht per day
  • Hairdressers for females: Level 1: THB440 per day, Level 2: THB510, Level 3: THB650
  • Hairdressers for males: Level 1: THB430 per day, Level 2: THB500, Level 3: THB630
  • Elderly care: Level 1: THB500 per day.

The above wage rates will take effect 90 days after they are announced in the Royal Gazette.

Other groups

For workers not included in the above groups, the minimum wage remains unchanged although Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said earlier this month authorities are considering a new daily minimum wage, based on various factors including inflation.

The last minimum wage increase was in January 2020, when it rose to a range of 313 baht to 336 baht and labour advocacy groups have suggested the wage should be increased to 492 baht countrywide, a rise of 48%.

Current minimum wages vary depending on the province. The highest is 336 baht per day in Chon Buri and Phuket, while the three southernmost provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala have the lowest wage of 313.

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