On September 15th, Tri Akaradecha, a Vice Governor of Phuket, presided over a meeting of the provincial minimum employment rate committee 3/2010. The main agenda of the meeting was to discuss whether the minimum employment rate in Phuket should be increased next year. There were representatives of employers, employees, and related government officers attending the meeting.
The meeting discussed the issue based on many factors including daily expenses of employees which are very high in Phuket, paying ability of employers, and Phuket economic and social perspectives. The statistics showed that Phuket’s economy had been getting better, especially in this coming high season, as there was a high reservation rate. Moreover the hiring rate was higher than the dismissal rate. Therefore they agreed to propose to the central government an increase in the minimum employment rate from the current 204 baht per day to 214 baht per day next year.