Remote’s guide to employing in

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Remote makes employment in Thailand easy. With our localized contracts, easy invoice management, and best-in-class compliance, you can grow your global team with confidence. Note that we can currently employ contractors in Thailand but our employer of record services are not yet live.

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  • Capital city


  • Currency

    Thai baht (฿, THB)

  • Languages


  • Population size


Services available in this country:
Contractor Management

Facts & Stats

Thailand Map Illustration
  • Capital city


  • Currency

    Thai baht (฿, THB)

  • Languages


  • Population size


  • Ease of doing business


  • Cost of living index

    49.32 (2021)

  • Payroll frequency


  • VAT - standard rate


  • GDP - real growth rate

    2.4 (2019)

The Kingdom of Thailand is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary democracy that’s recorded over a thousand years of rich cultural history.

Famous for its monasteries, temples, floating markets, some of the world’s best street food, and unparalleled biodiversity, Thailand boasts even more economically, with Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy, advanced human development rankings, a fully diversified economy.

Grow your team in Thailand with Remote

You can pay contractors now in Thailand with Remote. Note that we are busy building our own entity in Thailand to provide you with the best possible employment solutions for your employees, but our employer of record service is not yet live in this country.

To employ in Thailand, companies must own a local legal entity in the country or work with a global employment solution. Developing the processes required to manage payroll, benefits, taxes, and onboarding in countries like Thailand can get complicated fast, especially without localized expertise.

If you're looking to start hiring in a country like this, partnering with a global employment solution like Remote makes it easy for your company to employ workers quickly, cost-effectively, and in full compliance with all local legislation.

In the countries where we do offer our EOR services, Remote takes on the responsibility and legal risks of international employment so you can focus on hiring great talent and growing your business.

Risks of misclassification

Thailand, like many other countries, treats self-employed individuals or contractors and full-time employees differently. Misclassification of contractors in Thailand may lead to fines and penalties for the offending company.

Employing in Thailand

Thailand’s Labor Protection Act of 1998 spells out provisions for employee protections and workers’ rights designed to fight inequality and safeguard Thailand’s workforce of 38.4 million. Employees in Thailand enjoy protections against discrimination based on age, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, and race.

Common questions that could come up during the hiring process include minimum wage, overtime rates, and guaranteed paid time off. Remote can help you offer a complete, competitive, and compliant benefits package to your employees in Thailand.

Minimum Wage

The Thai minimum wage is fixed regionally, ranging from 331 THB to 336 THB per day ($10.13 – 10.28).

Payroll Cycle

For customers of Remote, all employee payments will be made in equal monthly installments on or before the last working day of each calendar month, payable in arrears.

Work Rules

Employers with 10 or more staff must have the work rules prepared in Thai language with a copy to be held at the place of business operations or the employer’s office.

Onboarding Time

We can help you get a new employee started in Thailand fast. The minimum onboarding time we need is only 20 working days.

Our team ensures your employees are onboarded and paid as quickly as possible while keeping your business compliant with all local employment legislation. The minimum onboarding time begins after the employee submits all required information onto the Remote platform. The onboarding timeline is also dependent upon registration with local authorities.

For all non-nationals of the country of employment, the Right to Work assessment (if applicable) will add three extra days to the total time to onboard. There may be extra time required if we need to follow-up on the right to work assessment.

Please note, payroll cut-off dates can impact the actual first day of employment. Remote has a payroll cut-off date of the 10th of the month unless otherwise specified.

15 Public holidays

Monday, January 2, 20231Substitution for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day
Monday, March 6, 20232Makha Bucha Day
Thursday, April 6, 20233Chakri Memorial Day
Thursday, April 13, 20234Songkran Festival
Friday, April 14, 20235Songkran Festival
Monday, May 1, 20236National Labour Day
Thursday, May 4, 20237Coronation Day
Monday, June 5, 20238Substitution for H.M. Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana’s Birthday and Wisakha Bucha Day
Friday, July 28, 20239H.M. King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua’s Birthday
Tuesday, August 1, 202310Asarnha Bucha Day
Monday, August 14, 202311Substitution for H.M. Queen Sirikit The Queen Mother’s Birthday / Mother’s Day
Friday, October 13, 202312H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great Memorial Day
Monday, October 23, 202313Chulalongkorn Day
Tuesday, December 5, 202314H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great’s Birthday/ National Day / Father’s Day
Monday, December 11, 202315Substitution for Constitution Day

Competitive benefits package in Thailand

At Remote, we’re obsessed with helping you craft the best possible employee experience for your team. We are leading the way in practicing “fair equity”, which means making sure employees everywhere have access to both the required and supplemental benefits they need to thrive (and that will allow you to attract the best local talent).

We are still busy building our own entity in Thailand, but our benefits packages for all countries are tailored to fulfill the local needs of your employees. Typically, our packages contain some or all of the following benefits:

  • Health Insurance

  • Dental Insurance

  • Vision Insurance

  • Mental Health Support

  • Pension or 401(K)

  • Life and Disability Insurance

Taxes in Thailand

Learn how employment taxes and statutory fees affect your payroll and your employees’ paychecks in Thailand.

  • 3%

    Pension contribution

  • 1.5%

    Health insurance

  • 0.5%

    Unemployment insurance

  • 0.2% - 1%

    Work injury insurance contribution

Types of Leave

Employees are entitled to 6 days off annually after working an entire year for an employer, or a prorated number of days for the duration worked, i.e., roughly 1 day per 2 months worked.

Employment termination

Termination process

Employee contracts can be terminated if a just cause is established, such as dishonesty, negligence, fraud, or any other work-related offences, without any obligation to make severance payments.

Employees who’ve been employed for less than 120 days can be terminated without cause or any obligation to make severance payments.

Notice period

The employer must ordinarily give advance notice of at least one full payment cycle (i.e 30 days), which is legally required for indefinite contracts; but no more than 3 months, unless the contract/ work rules provide for a longer period.

Severance pay

If an employee is terminated without just cause are entitled to a severance package equivalent to their tenure with the employer.

  • 120 days – less than one year: 30 days’ pay

  • 1 – less than 3 years: 90 days’ pay

  • 3 – less than 6 years: 180 days’ pay

  • 6 – less than 10 years: 240 days’ pay

  • 10 – less than 20 years: 300 days’ pay

  • 20 years and above: 400 days’ pay