Small firms may get B45bn job support

Small firms may get B45bn job support

Companies with up to 200 staff to get 9,000 baht for each over 3 months

A delivery rider leaves a food shop where desks were set up to place orders in Phra Nakhon district, Bangkok, on Thursday. (Photo by Apichart Jinakul)
A delivery rider leaves a food shop where desks were set up to place orders in Phra Nakhon district, Bangkok, on Thursday. (Photo by Apichart Jinakul)

The government has planned to introduce an estimated 45.4 billion baht in stimulus to help smaller businesses retain jobs, a planning agency said on Thursday, as the country deals with a prolonged coronavirus outbreak.

The government will pay firms a total of 9,000 baht for each worker over a three-month period from November, aiming to retain 5.04 million jobs, the agency said after a national economic task force meeting chaired by the prime minister.

The support will be for about 480,000 companies employing up to 200 Thai workers, which must retain at least 95% of employees, the planning agency said.

It also said the government was aiming to draw 1 million foreign tourists during the final quarter of 2021 and the first quarter of next year, with spending of at least 60 billion baht.

Thailand will soon reopen to more vaccinated arrivals, waiving a longstanding quarantine requirement, in a bid to revive tourism, an industry that typically accounts for 11-12% of gross domestic product and employs about 20% of the nation's workforce.

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