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I have been looking for a job in BKK for a while now. I have been doing that from Europe by answering job adverts on JobDB mostly, LinkedIn and other career sites. My applications are barely answered. 

I am 50, employed in the IT industry, masters degree, always being employed.

I believe that the job market is more lively in Asia than in Europe and I think BKK is a sizable business hub. I know there are quotas of foreign workers that companies must respect, but I understand there is a big expat worker community in BKK. Nevertheless, so far my attempts have been unsuccessful. I am trying to understand the reasons.

 

I believe the main disadvantage in respect of other applicants is that I am not already living in Bangkok, despite the fact that, these days, preliminary interviews can be done through a video chat. Plus, an expat already on the ground needs a work permit from the hiring company, anyway.

 

Of course, I do believe my skills fit the requirements of the jobs I apply for.

 

Now, I am wondering whether it is realistic to think I can eventually find a job. I would appreciate any suggestions from people who live and work in Bangkok, as well as tips on routes I haven’t yet explored.

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I don't see why any Thai company would be interested in you.  You don't (I presume) speak the language, are more expensive to hire, and would produce lots of extra paperwork.

 

As for foreign companies, I believe they usually second staff from their overseas operations, rather than recruiting here.

 

And at 50, aren't you perceived as past it for IT?

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Good Luck!! I can't help. Not in IT. Just a good luck wish.

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unrealistic, you need be special know how, need speak thai fluent good, and write. 50 year old, big problem, i has see many my friend and me, if come 50 not have realistic possiple go anywere work good job. anybody corporation not take old peoples this is young peoples world. all my ower 50 year friend around world have workless because have too old. and not can take new work anywere, wery hard and must be totally good lucky if take new work if have over 50 year4 old. only idiot corporation take him.

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"...employed in the IT industry..."

 

There are thousands of qualified and experienced Thai people in pretty much all aspects of the 'IT industry'.

 

Unless you have rare deep knowledge and deep insightful experience in something very specific and very valuable, then...

 

Keep in mind that 'Unless you have rare deep knowledge and deep insightful experience in something very specific and very valuable' then why would a Thai give you a job where you cannot communicate well with other staff or with Thai clients, and make Thai employees angry / annoyed?

 

If the employer did employ you then you probably want more salary than typical Thai employees are paid. So why would the employer unnecessarily pay higher (higher operating costs)? And again piss off the Thai employees? 

 

And unless you have rare deep knowledge and deep insightful experience in something very specific and very valuable, why would the Thai empoyer spend time on work permit stuff, etc?

 

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I think age is the main problem. I could get a job easily if I wanted to and I am in IT as well (mobile dev). I'm 37 years old. I get weekly emails asking me if I am interested in working for this or that company in Bangkok. I often have to politely decline, since the payment (while great for Thai standards) is less than I make working remotely.

 

And there are ways to work around the quota. I interviewed for one mid-sized company (~2017) and they had almost no Thai working for them (P.S.: they seem to be looking for new people to join, so your could try that). Just people from Korea, Singapore, Vietnam, Europe. The owner (originally from Bolivia) told me they controlled 100% of their business (not exactly sure how that worked) and that indeed it was possible to have a company with hardly any Thais - perhaps because it's hard to find Thais with the proper skillset. 

 

Oh and for the people saying it's required to know the Thai language - the companies that invite me, don't have these requirements. These companies often work with a very international team so often the language inside the company is mostly English.

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If you can't find anything but still really want to live and work in Thailand (and are willing to pay 30% of your income), you could consider Iglu. I considered using them but ended up finding my own way -- and the 30% cut they take was way more than the tax I pay anyway. Their consultants were pretty helpful and informative when I reached out to them.

 

The main benefit that I recognized from them was the work permit and visa being sorted out for you + the networking opportunities they explained.

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19 hours ago, gppower said:

I am 50, employed in the IT industry, masters degree, always being employed.

Age 50 is when others apply for a retirement visa – sorry to say it, but I would, like other posters have mentioned, believe that IT-geeks in demand are younger. I would presume your best odds for staying in Thailand would be as so-called "digital nomad" and doing some on-line business for a company, or companies, abroad, and keep low profile about your work, officially being "retired".

 

You might have a chance in a smaller foreign owned business – not a branch of a multi national company – but for that, you probably need to be here already to apply. However, it's some years ago I last saw some foreigner posting for people with IT-knowledge.

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Everything is possible but no very bright prognosis

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