15,000 baht monthly salaries to begin January 1

Starting January 1 a university degree will be much more valuable – if you work for the government, that is.

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Value of a degree is going up

Deputy Finance Minister Wirun Techapaiboon

Starting January 1 a university degree will be much more valuable – if you work for the government, that is.

That's when the government's new minimum monthly income of 15,000 baht per month for state employees with a bachelor's degree is scheduled to begin, assuming the cabinet approves.

During the election campaign, the victorious Phue Thai party indicated that would be the norm for all university graduates, but the government does not have the power to force the policy on private businesses.

The state sector is huge, however. There are now 649,323 government officials and employees receiving less than 15,000 baht per month.  Of these, 346,365 have a bachelor's degree or better and 302,958 do not.

The Finance Ministry has assigned the Comptroller General's Department to work out the details of the income hike.

Those with a degree would be paid a subsistence allowance in addition to their current salary, to raise the total to a minimum 15,000 baht per month.

Officials without a degree but earning more than 9,000 baht per month would get a subsistence allowance to lift their income to 12,285 baht per month.

Those on less than 9,000 baht per month would get a allowance to increase their income to 9,000 baht per month.

This is projected to cost the government about 24.5 billion baht extra in the first year.

"This programme, to be proposed by the Finance Ministry for cabinet approval, is in line with the government's policy to increase state officials' income to meet the cost of living and to spur the economy," Deputy Finance Minister Wirun Techapaiboon said.

It will be a New Year's present to state employees.
Adapted from a story on the www.bangkokpost.com

value – how much something is worth in money or other goods for which it can be exchanged มูลค่า
degree – the qualification obtained by students who successfully complete a university or college course ปริญญา
minimum – as small in amount or degree as necessary or possible จำนวนน้อยที่สุด, ปริมาณต่ำที่สุด
income – money that someone gets from working or from investing money รายได้
state – government รัฐบาล
employee – someone who is paid regularly to work for a person or an organisation ลูกจ้าง
bachelor’s degree – the first degree that you get when you study at a university. Bachelor’s degrees include Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BSc) ระดับปริญญาตรี
scheduled – planned to happen at a particular time or day ตามตารางเวลา
assume – to accept something to be true without question or proof ทึกทักเอา, คิดว่าเป็นจริง,
cabinet – the group of government ministers who make and approve government policy คณะรัฐมนตรี
approve – to give official permission อนุมัต
campaign – a planned series of activities designed to persuade voters to vote for a particular candidate or political party การรณรงค์หาสียง
victorious – having won a victory in an election, war, match, game, etc. ซึ่งมีชัยชนะ
indicate – to express an intention, opinion, or wish in an indirect way ชี้ทาง, บอกทาง, ชี้ให้เห็น
norm – a situation or type of behavior that is expected and considered to be typical มาตรฐาน
graduate – a person who has a university degree ผู้รับปริญญา, ผู้สำเร็จการศึกษา
policy – a set of plans or action agreed on by a government, political party, business, or other group นโยบาย
state sector – government sector; part of the economy controlled by the government ภาครัฐบาล
huge – very large ใหญ่โต
assign – to give a person a particular task or position มอบหมาย, สั่งงาน
Comptroller General’s Department – the government department in charge of accounting office กรมบัญชีกลาง
details – small facts or pieces of information relating to a situation รายละเอียด
hike – an increase การเพิ่มสูงขึ้น
subsistence allowance – an amount of money that someone receives in order to pay for the things that they need  เงินสนับสนุน
current – of the present time ปัจจุบัน
salary – a fixed amount of money that you earn each month or year from your job เงินเดือน
lift – to move higher ขึ้น
projected – calculated based on information already known คาดคะเน, ประเมิน
propose – to suggest an idea for a group to consider เสนอ
in line with – similar to or corresponding with another thing สอดคล้องกับ
spur – to cause something to happen ก่อให้เกิด
present – something you give someone as a gift ของขวัญ

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