On May 3, 2021, Deputy Labour Minister Prof. Narumon Pinyosinwat reported that the Chinese government currently has a policy that requires skilled foreign workers with skills in the new industrial economy. The demand follows their 5-year National Social and Economic Development Plan to become a leading country in technology and innovation. China has a high demand for skilled workers to drive technology industries such as artificial intelligence, quantum computers, life sciences, aeronautics, astronautics, and deep-sea exploration. China has imposed a variety of measures, such as issuing special work permits. It has also developed a system for granting permanent residency, relaxing rules for staying in China, and allowing foreigners to work in national technology organizations. The country has explored the possibility of establishing additional high-skilled foreign workers programs to attract more skilled workers to work, co-driving research and development, and doing research exchanges in China.
The Deputy Labour Minister added that the Ministry of Labour’s Department of Skill Development (DSD) has partnered with many leading organizations in China. For example, Huawei Technology (Thailand) Co., Ltd., the world’s leading ICT solutions provider. It is committed to solving ICT labour shortages by developing knowledge and skills to meet the needs of the labour market, especially highly skilled ICT personnel such as in cloud computing, big data, internet opting, AI, and 5G. In addition, the DSD has collaborated with Sinopec International Petroleum Service Corporation, a leading global petroleum engineering company, to develop skilled labour in automatic welding technology, elevating the Thai workforces’ skills to support the petroleum industry. The DSD is ready to develop the workforce to be more skilled and to meet market demand. It will support the labour market in Thailand and export Thai workers to work in Asia and other regions to have an occupation, stability, and sustainable income.
“As I oversee the DSD, we will accelerate the development of skilled labour to meed those that are demanded, and coordinate information about job positions to assure Thai workers of good employment and welfare, and the ability to work in China, concluded the Deputy Labour Minister.
Division of Public Relations
3 May 2021