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Criteria to Be Set for the Issuance of Work Permits for ASEAN Professionals

September 14, 2013 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

1325492921pThe Ministry of Labor has prepared to set criteria for the issuance of work permits to cope with the free flow of ASEAN professionals and skilled labor, once the ASEAN Community goes into full effect in 2015.
Permanent Secretary for Labor Somkiat Chayasriwong said that, in the initial stage, work permits would be issued for ASEAN citizens in 25 professional fields, in line with the ASEAN Agreement on the Movement of Natural Persons (MNP).

The professional fields involved with, for example, engineering, computer, research and development, advertising, marketing research, management, agricultural, telecommunication, educational, financial, health, translation, construction, and transport services.

The Permanent Secretary said that the National Skill Standard will be used as a major tool in the criteria to approve the issuance of work permits to ensure that quality workforce will be allowed to work in Thailand. The Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Labor are joining hands with the Management System Certification Institute (Thailand) in working out measures to provide temporary entry or temporary stay in Thailand for qualifying persons from ASEAN.

Emphasis is placed on cooperation with other ASEAN members in labor development. Apart from facilitating the free flow of skilled labor, the measures also seek to ensure that the ASEAN workforce will receive rights and will be protected in accordance with international standards. More Thai professionals will go to work in other ASEAN countries, while more professionals from other ASEAN partners will come to work in Thailand, as well.

At the same time, assistance will be provided for workers who are affected by the mobility of ASEAN professionals and skilled labor in the ASEAN Community. These people also include older persons and the disabled. Rehabilitation and skill training will be offered to enable them to survive in the ASEAN Community.

Thailand is the ASEAN’s largest automotive market and assembler. Since the country still needs a workforce for the industry, the Cabinet on 3 September 2013 approved strategies for the development of skilled labor in the automotive industry from 2013 to 2020.

The strategies seek to promote professional and skill standards, develop the database in the labor market, and establish an institute for the human resource development at the medium and high levels in the automotive industry.

The Deputy Secretary-General of the Federation of Thai Industries, Mr. Thavorn Chalassathien, said that Thailand would need about 130,000 workers in the automotive industry in the next five years. Out of this number, 50,000-60,000 persons will be at the higher certificate level and 10,000 persons at the bachelor degree level.

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