* Playroll continues to analyse immediate opportunities and fulfilled roles by recruitment partners, contractors and employers to identify in-demand jobs.

Capital City

Thai Bhat (฿)


ICT (GMT +7)

Employment Cost

5.2% - 6%

Annual Leave

6 days

In-demand Specialties*
E-Commerce, Encryption And Cybersecurity, Programming And It

The Ultimate Guide to Hiring Employees in Thailand

Simplify hiring employees in by partnering with Playroll. Our Employer of Record (EOR) handles hiring, onboarding, payroll, taxes, immigration, benefits administration, and compliance. While you maintain control of day-to-day tasks and responsibilities.


Key Considerations Before Hiring In Thailand

Employing in Thailand requires employers to own a legal entity in the country and manage payroll, tax, benefits and compliance through their own in-country resources. Grow your team in Thailand with our Employer of Record solution, ensuring streamlined, compliant business expansion with no entity.

Playroll allows you to hire employee's in Thailand quickly, easily and we even automate tax document collection, benefits, payroll and more.

Good To Know

Remote workers in Thailand often offer competitive rates compared to hiring in more expensive markets, helping you access skilled professionals while managing costs effectively.

Thailand boasts a well-educated and skilled workforce, with expertise in various fields such as IT, software development, digital marketing, customer support, and more.

Many Thai professionals are proficient in English, making communication and collabouration with international teams and clients more seamless.

Thailand operates in a time zone that aligns with many Asian and Australian regions, facilitating real-time collabouration and communication.


Fundamental Aspects of Employment in Thailand

When hiring in Thailand, it's important to know about the rules laid out in the Labour Protection Act of 1998. It stops discrimination based on things like age, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, and race. The hiring formalities in Thailand include:

  • Employment Contract
  • Verification of Identity and Eligibility to Work
  • Payroll and Tax Documentation
  • Probationary Period Review

Probationary Period in Thailand

There are no legal regulations about how long a job probation period should be. However, since the law requires severance pay for employees let go after 120 days, most companies choose a probation period of not more than 4 months.

Working hours in Thailand

Employees are generally expected to work no more than 8 hours per day and 48 hours per week. After 5 consecutive hours of work, employees are entitled to a 1-hour break, which can be taken as a continuous period or divided into shorter intervals throughout the working day.

Overtime in Thailand

Employees can work a maximum of 36 overtime hours per week, compensated at a rate of 150% of their regular salary on standard working days. On holidays, the overtime pay increases, ranging from 200% to 300% of the regular salary.

Navigating Key Aspects of Payroll in Thailand

Thailand has a robust and complex payroll and tax system, and as an employer, it pays to understand payroll process basics.

1 October - 30 September

Fiscal Year in Thailand

1 October - 30 September is the 12-month accounting period that businesses in Thailand use for financial and tax reporting purposes.

Payroll Cycle in Thailand

The payroll cycle in Thailand is usually monthly, with employees being paid on or before the last day of the month.
328 THB to 354 THB (varies by region) p/h

Minimum Wage in Thailand

The minimum wage for employees in Thailand is typically 328 THB to 354 THB (varies by region) per hour, amounting to ~9,930 THB per month for a typical 48 hour work week.

Minimum wages and salaries in Thailand

The minimum daily wage varies by region. It ranges from 328 THB in places like Narathiwat, Pattani & Yala to 354 THB in areas like Phuket & Chonburi.

Bonus Payments in Thailand

There are no specific legal provisions mandating the payment of an annual bonus or a 13th salary. However, employers have the flexibility to offer bonuses at their discretion.

Comprehensive Overview of Employment Taxes in Thailand

Understanding the tax obligations for both employers and employees is crucial when operating in Thailand's business landscape. This section explains how taxes and statutory fees affect payroll and individual earnings in Thailand.

Employer Tax Contributions

Employer payroll contributions are generally estimated at an additional 5.2% - 6% on top of the employee salary in Thailand.

Tax Rate Tax Type

Employee Payroll Tax Contributions

In Thailand, the typical estimation for employee payroll contributions cost is around 5%.

Tax Rate Tax Type

Individual Payroll Tax Contributions

In Thailand, the income tax system operates on a 'Pay As You Earn' basis, with individual income tax rates ranging from 0% to 35%. The calculation of income tax follows a progressive rate structure as follows:

Tax Rate Income Bracket

Pension in Thailand

Thailand offers the National Pension Fund and Provident Fund for employees. To be eligible for an old-age pension, individuals must be aged 55 or older and have made contributions for a minimum of 180 months. For companies with 100 or more employees, Provident Fund contributions are mandatory, with employees contributing a portion (2-15%) of their wages through payroll deductions, which the employer matches.

The tax-related information provided in this guide is intended for general guidance and informational purposes only. Reach out to our dedicated team for insights on remote hiring in Thailand tailored to your needs.

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Understanding the Protocols for Termination of Employment in Thailand

When it comes to terminating employment in Thailand, understanding the legal obligations regarding severance pay and contributions is essential. Below is a detailed overview of the key considerations for both employers and employees.

Termination Process

Termination of employment in Thailand can occur with a valid reason. In cases without a valid reason, employees may file unfair dismissal claims, which Thai law often favors. Following termination, employers are required to notify the Social Security Office, and for foreign workers, the Immigration Bureau and the Department of Employment. Some valid reasons for termination include:

  • Criminal offenses
  • Negligence
  • Violation of work rules
  • Unexplained absence for three consecutive days

Notice Period

In Thailand, terminating employment requires advance written notice, usually for a standard period of 30 days. Employers can specify longer notice periods in the employment contract if needed. Notice should be given before the scheduled wage payment date to apply for the following pay cycle, and the option for payment in lieu of notice is also possible.

Severance Pay

Employees who are terminated in Thailand and have completed more than 120 days of service are eligible for severance pay, except in cases of dismissal for serious misconduct. The severance pay amount is determined by the length of the employee's service, with an increase corresponding to the duration of employment as follows:

  • Between 120 days and 1 year: 30 days' salary
  • Between 1 year and 3 years: 90 days' salary
  • Between 3 years and 6 years: 180 days' salary
  • Between 6 years and 10 years: 240 days' salary
  • Between 10 years and 20 years: 300 days' salary
  • Over 20 years: 400 days' salary

Annual Leave Entitlements and Company Policies in Thailand

The annual leave entitlement in Thailand is 6 days for a full time worker. These can include public holidays on top of that or within those days, which would otherwise be unpaid.

Public Holidays in Thailand

Workers in Thailand are entitled to a minimum of 13 mandatory public holidays each year. These holidays include:

Holiday Date

Paid Time Off in Thailand

Maternity Leave in Thailand

Paternity Leave in Thailand

Sick Leave in Thailand

Personal Business Leave

Military Service Leave

Parental Leave In Thailand

Thailand's Benefits Built Into Playroll

Competitive benefits package in Thailand

Playroll is committed to providing tailored, competitive benefits packages that are designed not only to attract but also retain top talent worldwide. Our global team of benefits experts build custom local packages to ensure your employees in Thailand's needs are met. Typically our packages contain some or all of the following benefits.

Health Insurance
Pension or 401k
Life and Disability Insurance
Vision Insurance
Dental Insurance
Discounts & Perks

Playroll Supplementary Benefits For Employment In Thailand

Make your benefits package in Thailand a talent magnet with Playroll's local plans. We offer benefits that are compliant, comprehensive, and flexible — all at competitive rates. Speak with our local territory experts to explore the localized benefits we can offer you, while you scale your team.

  • Long-Term/Disability Insurance
  • Death Benefit
  • Background Checks
  • IT Equipment Sourcing

Statutory benefits for employment in Thailand

Playroll allows you to provide localized benefits for employees in Thailand within minutes. All in one manageable online dashboard. If you'd like specific information about our benefits packages in Thailand create an account or contact our global expansion team, today.

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Playroll's Expertise in Facilitating Work Visas for Thailand

At Playroll we're all about empowering employees to work anywhere, making mobility possible for global teams. We sponsor visas and hire the employee for you, so you don’t have to worry about payroll, taxes, and more.

It's important to note, visa support can be complicated. There are many variables that affect whether sponsorship is possible, including one’s nationality, education, marital status, and the immigration policy for the country in question.

Unfortunately, this means we can’t support visas everywhere - with that being said, we handle the entire visa process in-house, and dig into your situation to give you an overview of what to expect if we're able to help with visa sponsorship in Thailand.

Playroll Immigration Support

Integrated EOR Platform

Legal and compliance experts are readily available to provide guidance and case-by-case Q&A support.

Accelerated Immigration Timeline

By leveraging dedicated support from in-house legal and compliance experts for case by case questions and more.

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Accelerated Immigration Timeline

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