Thailand: 10,000 bachelor degree students hired for urgent vacancies at gov’t offices hinh anh 1Thai Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha (Photo:
Bangkok (VNA) – Thailand’s cabinet on June 8 approved the hiring of 10,000 special government employees on a one-year contract to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prime Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha said that the cabinet meeting approved a budget worth 2.25 billion THB (72.23 million USD) to hire students who have recently completed a bachelor’s degree.

They will work at government offices on important and urgent tasks across the country. Their monthly salary is 18,000 THB. Their benefits are equivalent to normal government employees, and social security money is included.

The government is set to roll out a fresh 50 percent co-payment subsidy for the monthly salary of employees of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), its latest move to deter mass layoffs in the country.

The National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC) has reported that Thailand’s unemployment rate hit a 12-year high in the first quarter of 2021, due to the impact of the latest COVID-19 outbreaks.

NESDC Secretary-General Danucha Pichayanan said the unemployment rate was 1.96 percent in the January-March quarter, or 758,000 people without jobs, up from 1.86 percent in the previous quarter. The rate was the highest since 2.08 percent recorded in the first quarter of 2009 during the global financial crisis./.