Hiring guide in Thailand

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What should I know about hiring in Thailand?

To successfully navigate the hiring process in Thailand, employers must have a comprehensive understanding of the country’s labour laws, including employment contracts, taxation frameworks, payroll procedures, and work permits.

Except for being compliant with local labour regulations, employers must also be aware of Thailand’s unique business norms and etiquette to establish productive remote teams and foster efficiency and success.

Why is Thailand a good choice for finding remote employees?

Employers who strive to expand their international teams can benefit from hiring employees from Thailand. 

First of all, Thailand is a country that offers very competitive labour costs compared to Western countries. This can be beneficial for both employers who want to save on labour expenses as well as those who want to offer more competitive salary packages without much additional costs.

Other than being a cost-effective country, Thailand’s work culture values respect and politeness, making Thai employees reliable and respectful. This translates into effective communication and collaboration, whether it’s with clients or internally within your remote team.

Lastly, Thailand’s regulatory environment is becoming more friendly to the remote work concept, and the country is taking more and more steps to facilitate remote work culture and digital nomadism. The Thai government has also been making efforts to attract foreign investments and promote the digital economy as the future of working in the country.

How can Native Teams help you hire in Thailand?

If you want to skip navigating complex labour laws and administrative systems, Native Teams has you covered. Through our Employer of record solutions, including global payroll, tax optimisation, and HR administration, you can seamlessly hire talent from Thailand without worrying about compliance.

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Legal requirements for hiring in Thailand

Minimum wage

The daily minimum wage in Thailand can vary from THB 328 to THB 354, depending on the region.

Contributions & taxes

Employer tax

The total employer tax in Thailand can vary from 5,20% to 6%. 

Corporate tax

The corporate tax in Thailand is 20%.

Employee tax

The total employee tax in Thailand is 5%. 

Income tax

Income tax in Thailand is calculated at progressive rates, as follows:

  • Below THB 150,000 – 0%
  • From THB 150,001 to THB 300,000 – 5%
  • From THB 300,001 to THB 500,000 – 10%
  • From THB 500,001 to THB 750,000 – 15%
  • From THB 750,001 to THB 1,000,000 – 20%
  • From THB 1,000,001 to THB 2,000,000 – 25%
  • From THB 2,000,001 to THB 5,000,000 – 30%
  • Above THB 5,000,001 – 35%

To calculate the salary and taxes in Thailand please click here.

Payroll cycle

Salaries in Thailand are paid on a monthly basis.

Is there a 13th salary in Thailand?

There are no statutory requirements for a 13th salary in Thailand.

Labor rules

Probation period

Thai labour laws don’t impose a statutory probation period. However, employers generally give a probationary period of up to 4 months.

Notice period 

The general notice period in Thailand is 30 days, depending on the cause of employment termination.

Severance period

Employees in Thailand are entitled to severance pay depending on the years of service, as follows:

  • Employees with less than 120 days of employment are not entitled to severance pay.
  • Employees who are employed for more than 120 days but less than 1 year are entitled to 30 days of severance pay.
  • Employees who are employed for more than 1 year but less than 3 years are entitled to 90 days of severance pay.
  • Employees who are employed for more than 3 years but less than 6 years are entitled to 180 days of severance pay.
  • Employees who are employed for more than 6 years but less than 10 years are entitled to 240 days of severance pay.
  • Employees who are employed for more than 10 years but less than 20 years are entitled to 300 days of severance pay.
  • Employees who are employed for more than 20 years are entitled to 400 days of severance pay.

Working hours

The standard work week in Thailand consists of 8 hours of work per day, 48 hours per week.

Leave and benefits

Public holidays

There are 13 mandatory public holidays in Thailand:

  1. New Year’s Day
  2. Makha Bucha Day
  3. Chakri Day
  4. Songkran Festival
  5. Labour Day
  6. Coronation of King Vajiralongkorn
  7. Visakha Bucha Day
  8. Asarnha Bucha Day
  9. Buddhist Lent
  10. Queens Birthday
  11. Chulalongkorn Memorial Day
  12. King’s Birthday
  13. Constitution Day

Sick leave

Employees from Thailand are entitled to paid sick leave of up to 30 days per year.

Maternity leave & paternity leave

Female employees are entitled to 98 days of paid maternity leave. 45 days of maternity leave are fully paid by the employer, while the remaining days are paid at 50% by the country’s social security. 

Male employees in the public sector are entitled to 15 days of paid paternity leave. In the private sector, male employees are not legally entitled to paid paternity leave.

Other leave

Bereavement leave

Although there are no statutory requirements, bereavement leave in Thailand depends on separate companies’ policies. 

Military leave

Employers are entitled to a paid military service leave of up to 60 days per year.

What are the minimum vacation days?

Employees in Thailand are entitled to 6 days of paid annual leave after completing 1 year of service.


Health security & private insurance

Anyone who has worked for an employer for at least three months within the previous fifteen months is entitled to free medical and dental care through the Social Security Administration.

* Native Teams can support you in finding the best private insurance in the country. Contact us and we will send a comparison of insurance packages and prices*


Relocation and work permits

Native Teams will apply for your work visa in the nation on your behalf and serve as your Employer of Record. All the required documents can be uploaded using our app. Until you have your work and residency visa, Native Teams will support you by providing you with frequent information on the progress.

How long is the visa/work permit process?

2 to 4 weeks depending on the authorities and provided documents.

Which documents do you need?

To apply for a visa/work permit in Thailand, upload the documents from our onboarding list (relocation to log in/pricing). 

Why use Native Teams for hiring in Thailand?

Native Teams lets you employ team members ‘like a local’ meaning you get all the benefits of a global team, wherever you are based. Here are the reasons why you should use Native Teams for hiring:

  • No paperwork: We will handle all the necessary paperwork for you.
  • Save on taxes: We help you handle your taxes.
  • No company set up: You can expand your business using our company entitles.
  • Online onboarding: We’re here to ensure your onboarding process is trouble-free.
  • No accounting: We will handle all of your accounting needs, including invoicing, payroll, and more.
  • Increase your profit: We assist you in growing your business and maximizing your profits.
  • Compliance expertise: we can assist your company in navigating the regulatory environments and ensure you meet all relevant requirements.
  • Local support: We can assist you in understanding and complying with the relevant local laws.
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*Note: The provided information was accurate at the time of writing.

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