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Minimum Wage in Thailand
Towards the middle of December 2010 saw the results over the long discussed issue on the minimum wage in Thailand. It has long been assumed that this group earned a certain amount and others got something different. The research has shown that this is the case and there are regional differences as well.
I thought that it would be of interest to some to translate these various wages into Sterling, Dollars and Euro.
On Friday December the 10th 2010 the National Wage committee anounced a 6.7% wage boost meaning wages will rise between 8 and 17 Thai Baht a day.
8 Thai Baht = 0.265 USD
8 Thai Baht = 0.201 Euro
8 Thai Baht = 0.168 British Pounds
17 Thai Baht = 0.565 USD
17 Thai Baht = 0.426 Euro
17 Thai Baht = 0.357 British Pounds
This takes the overall National Minimum Wage in Thailand to 176.3 Thai Baht per day OR
5.861 USD or 4.429 EURO or 3.712 British Pounds
Whether this minimum wage will include what has been described as "Off-system informal sector workers". Around 14 and a half million of these work in agriculture in Northern Thailand without access to health care or other forms of welfare.
It has been estimated that around 4 million workers will benefit from this increase in the minimum wage. About half of these will be migrant workers from surrounding countries.
Phuket has the highest minimum wage in the country at 221 Thai Baht. This is followed closely by Bangkok and other provinces. The lowest in the country is Phayao where the minimum wage is 159 Thai Baht.
221 Thai Baht = 7.351 USD, 5.556 Euro, 4.649 British Pounds
159 Thai Baht = 5.289 USD, 3.998 Euro, 3.345 British Pounds
Remember this is the minimum wage per DAY and NOT per hour
It is of interest to compare these wages with how much a Go Go Dancer earns.