The Asian economies are more than ever in the forefront, and this vast region continues to attract foreign professionals. Thailand thus ranks high on the list of preferred destinations for foreign expatriates in Asia. Thanks to its dynamic labour market – less than 1% unemployment – its exceptional quality of life, its constantly growing industrial sector and its appeal for English quality – wine, luxury products, gastronomy, hotels, etc. – there are many and varied opportunities for those who wish to take the plunge.
How to find a job in Thailand?
First there are several virtual ways to find a job in Thailand. Several transnational sites include both candidates’ CVs and job vacancies for companies. They are traditionally in English because of their international priority. Among the main, Monster.co.th and th.Jobdb.com are the most provided. A good mastery of the social network of professionals, LinkedIn, also allows access to another source of attractive job offers in Thailand. The most sought after remain TEFL jobs in Chiang Mai so, if you come across one be sure to apply since there is much need for it in Thailand.
Another valuable source of information for job seekers, the Commerce, through its employment unit, offers a wide range of possibilities. Besides job offers, workshops are regularly organized and workshops for entrepreneurs. In addition, if you are already on site, it is advisable to attend evenings gathering of foreigners to beautify your network. Entrepreneurs will be able to refer to the Board of Investment (BOI) for advice and investment aid for setting up businesses in the Kingdom. While the growth of the new technology and Internet start-ups sector is one of the priorities of economic development, BOI offers facilities for bold entrepreneurs.
Terms of employment of a foreigner
Thailand has a fairly protectionist policy in its labour market, with a number of professions being even preserved from foreign labour. However, these regulations mainly concern economic niches and crafts, where few Westerners would be able to apply. Conversely, Anglophones are highly valued in education (English teacher, French), tourism (chef, diving instructor) and in the new technologies sector (computer science, engineer), where the Local labour is lacking. It is also the reason there is a high number of TEFL jobs in Chiang Mai.
In order for a company to hire a foreign national, it must be able to provide it with a valid employment contract but also a work permit. Obtaining a work permit is allowed for any foreign employee who falls within the quotas of the number of foreigners authorized in the company, which differ according to the size of the company. The minimum wage that the company must offer to the employee is 50 000 baht per month (around 1250 Euros). Obtaining the permit then offers the right to have a non-immigrant visa O valid for one year and renewable.