Opening a job fair at Phuket Rajabhat University recently, Governor Maitri Inthusut said, “Economic growth has increased labour demand in Phuket. There are more than 4,000 jobs available, of 700 different types.”
He said that some 20 per cent of those jobs were expected to be filled by the end of the job fair, while employers in another 15 per cent of cases would have to wait to hear from successful applicants.
Most of the jobs are, predictably, in hotels and other tourism businesses, along with real estate, retail and wholsale businesses.
He said that the rate of unemployment among people registered as living in Phuket was just 1.39 per cent – and that included Phuket people who were working elsewhere in the country.
The Governor noted, too, that the once-contentious B300 casual day wage – slammed as ruinous by many employers when it was proposed by the government of PM Yingluck Shinawatra – no longer seems to be an issue.
“The biggest labour shortage now is in construction and public utilities. There is no problem with the B300 labour rate in Phuket because [employers] are offering higher rates than that just to attract workers.”
Local employees can plainly demand good money, for now, at least. On the horizon, however, is the competition for jobs, particularly in the hospitality industry, that will come with the formation of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) at the end of next year, when labour mobility will see people from the nine other Asean member-countries competing with Thais for jobs in Thailand.
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