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Thailand tackles unemployment with million jobs expo

By Orathai Sriring and Jiraporn Kuhakan

 

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People stand in a queue at the Job Expo Thailand 2020, as the country is offering one million jobs as part of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) relief efforts, in Bangkok, Thailand, September 26, 2020. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

 

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Thais on Saturday flocked to a government-organised job expo with more than a million jobs up for grabs as it works to stem mounting unemployment in an economy battered by the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Southeast Asia's second-largest economy could shrink by a record 8.5% this year, with its key tourism sector taking a beating, the government predicts, leaving young and old alike searching for work.

 

More than 570 booths, from public organisations, private firms and for roles overseas, were set up for job seekers at a "JOB EXPO THAILAND 2020" in Bangkok, which runs until Monday.

 

"I got laid off," said 23-year-old Chanissara Prommas. "I used to work for Hong Kong Airlines, but the company couldn't deal with the cost, so they had to let go some of the staff".

 

Teera Magaumpai, 50, who lost his job after 30 years in the tourist sector, said the big crowd reflected huge unemployment and "elders have to fight with first jobbers".

 

Some of Thailand's biggest firms were among those offering jobs, including agribusiness Charoen Pokphand Foods <CPF.BK>, Telecoms firm True Corp <TRUE.BK> and energy group PTT <PTT.BK>, which is majority owned by the government.

 

Although Thailand, which has suffered just 3,522 coronavirus infections, has lifted most restrictions and daily life and work is mostly back to normal, a ban on foreign tourists remains in place, cutting a swathe through a whole sector of career opportunities.

 

About 1.24 million jobs will be offered - with most in the private sector, and a little over 100,000 in roles overseas. Of that total, the government will help companies pay half in hiring 260,000 new graduates for a year.

 

"People are the most important part of the country and for moving it forward," Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said as he opened the event.

 

The job offer is part of relief measures as the government has introduced a 1.9 trillion baht ($60 billion) package to mitigate the impact of the outbreak.

 

Supant Mongkolsuthree, chairman of the Federation of Thai Industries, estimated job losses at a record 2.5-3.0 million this year, with more than a million in the tourist sector. Thailand has a workforce of about 38 million.

 

The government predicts just 6.7 million foreign visitors this year after last year's record 39.8 million visitors, whose spending made up about 11.4% of GDP.

 

($1 = 31.62 baht)

 

(Additional reporting by Satawasin Staporncharnchai; Editing by Alison Williams)

 

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34 minutes ago, SoilSpoil said:

Great job, spend time on the beach, pick up some litter and go for a swim.

"Too hot for working na".  

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6 minutes ago, djayz said:

You have a very valid point Yinn, but, there is a reason why 3 m foreign workers are employed here. They do the jobs the locals don't want to do and/or they cost even less than the Thais. 

I know a few small businesses in Korat which point blank refuse to employ locals, or their cousins from neighbouring Laos, because they are "too lazy" and "no good" (their words). Cambodians and Burmese, on the other hand, are accepted with open arms as they are reliable, diligent and try hard. 

Forcing businesses to drop the preferred foreign staff in favour of keeping lazy and no good locals in employment isn't good for business. 

The last option we should be looking at is putting these companies under even more pressure. 

Yes, Burmese worker is best. Good skills, come everyday, polite. 

 

But thailand must take care thai first= new immigration rule. The foreign worker send 50% salary back there country. If Thai worker the money not go away. 

And 

India covid the most now. Burma and India have border together. Burma increase covid same. 

 

For thai economy and Thai health is necessary stop foreign worker now. 

 

Burmese worker majority is hotel, restaurant, maid and construction.

Hotel and restaurant problem six month already.

This month many construction job finish same. Thousands construction workers now want the job. 

Before good skills Burmese worker 600 per day. Now they offer 400.

Burmese low skills before 3-400. Now nobody want, not have job.

 

Must be careful. If they have no money= will stolen.

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8 minutes ago, Yinn said:

The foreign worker send 50% salary back there country

...and the rest is spent locally, thus supporting the host country's economy. 

 

8 minutes ago, Yinn said:

If they have no money= will stolen.

I think it's safe to say this applies to every person on the planet, not just the Burmese living here.

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7 hours ago, webfact said:

Tens of thousands of Thais on Saturday flocked to a government-organised job expo with more than a million jobs up for grabs as it works to stem mounting unemployment in an economy battered by the coronavirus pandemic.

How can 1.24 million jobs suddenly become available that haven't been offered over the last 4 months?

Either companies laid-off many and are now topping up or there is a plan at foot to employ new staff with the government aid of paying 50% wages then letting go some other staff to off-set the numbers employed.

 

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