The Wage Committee’s resolution for the 2022 minimum wage adjustment is divided into nine rates. The highest are Chonburi, Rayong, and Phuket, which increased to 354 Baht. The lowest are Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat, Nan, and Udon Thani, which increased to 328 Baht. Bangkok and the surrounding provinces are at 353 baht. The Ministry of Labour summarized the results for the proposal to the Cabinet to consider as soon as possible, to come into effect on October 1, 2022.
The Permanent Secretary of Labour, Mr. Boonchob Suttamanaswong, spoke after chairing the 21st Wage Committee Meeting No. 8/2022. He said that the Wage Committee had a meeting to consider the rates and resolved to raise the minimum wage for 2022. Overall, they concluded together on the increase, which is divided into the following nine rates:
1) Three provinces with wages of 354 Baht, including Chonburi, Rayong, and Phuket.
2) Six provinces with wages of 353 Baht, including Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, and Samut Sakhon.
3) One province with wages of 345 Baht is Chachoengsao.
4) One province with wages of 343 Baht is Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya.
5) Fourteen provinces with wages of 340 Baht, including Prachinburi, Nong Khai, Ubon Ratchathani, Phang Nga, Krabi, Trat, Khon Kaen, Chiang Mai, Suphan Buri, Songkhla, Surat Thani, Nakhon Ratchasima, Lop Buri, and Saraburi.
6) Six provinces with wages of 338 Baht, including Mukdahan, Kalasin, Sakon Nakhon, Samut Songkhram, Chanthaburi and Nakhon Nayok.
7) Nineteen provinces with wages of 335 Baht, including Phetchabun, Kanchanaburi, Bueng Kan, Chainat, Nakhon Phanom, Phayao Surin, Yasothon, Roi Et, Loei, Phatthalung, Uttaradit, Nakhon Sawan, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phitsanulok, Ang Thong, Sa Kaeo, Buriram, and Phetchaburi.
8) Twenty-two provinces with wages of 332 Baht, including Amnat Charoen, Mae Hong Son, Chiang Rai, Trang, Sisaket, Nong Bua Lamphu, Uthai Thani, Lampang, Lamphun, Chumphon, Maha Sarakham, Sing Buri, Satun, Phrae, Sukhothai, Kamphaeng Phet, Ratchaburi, Tak, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Chaiyaphum, Ranong and Phichit.
9) Five provinces with wages of 328 Baht, including Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat, Nan, and Udon Thani.
Mr. Boonchob continued that upon considering the minimum wage in 2022, the average wage rate was 337 Baht or 5.02 percent. The meeting determined the rates based on equality for employers to be able to do business, allowing employees to live happily, and increasing the purchasing power within the country. When the minimum wage rate for 2022 has been set, the Wage Committee has proposed that the government take measures to reduce the impact of the minimum wage adjustment in costs to businesses, to bring this matter to the Cabinet for consideration, and to assign the relevant ministries to proceed. The Ministry of Labour will bring the results to the Cabinet meeting for consideration as soon as possible, effective from October 1, 2022, onwards.
Division of Public Relations
26 August 2022