The Thai Department of Employment is amending regulations covering overseas job placements which will allow recruitment firms to collect service fee equivalent to only one-month pay from their prospective clients, along with other travelling expenses.

According to the department’s Director General Prawit Kiangpol, the move aims to prevent job placement agencies from overcharging job seekers.

In order to facilitate the move, the department is drawing up lists of salaries in foreign countries and travelling expenses that successful job seekers will have to pay. The lists must be shown to job seekers before any deal is made.

The Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the help of its embassies worldwide, has been asked to provide information on the labour market in each country which will be presented to job seekers for better consideration.

Prawit added that the cost for finding jobs in each country usually varies. It mostly includes fees for visa, work permit, medical check and life insurance. In some countries like Israel , additional financial support is required for the protection of Thai workers. It is expected that the amendment will be completed by the end of this year.-VNA