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On 1 July 2018 a new law will come into effect in Thailand that sets a cap of 20 percent on the number of migrant workers a company can hire; for one foreign employee there must be four Thai employees.

The National Legislative Assembly last month passed the act on the management of migrant labour, which will cover all migrant labourers whether they are hired in Thailand under a government memorandum of understanding or not.

It will fix the level of foreign employment in the industry and services sector at 20 percent, as the government seeks to free up skill shortages in some areas while also ensuring Thai labourers aren’t forced out of work.

Photo: Khaosaming

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