The 300-baht daily minimum wage has been the talk of the town and its impact has already affected the operations of many businesses since it took effect in April in Bangkok and six other developed provinces. On Jan 1 the wage will rise to 300 baht in the remaining 70 provinces of the country, with further challenges expected for many employers.
Padermchai Sasomsap, the minister of Labour and Social Welfare, has said that after Jan 1, the main industries to be affected would be auto parts, construction and production, wholesale and retail sales.
Although many of these industries require skilled employees, they also need a number of unskilled workers, who will enjoy much higher pay than before.
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