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Yesterday (30 July), Thailand’s Minister of Labour Chatumongol Sonakul, and his permanent secretary Suthisuk Kosol met with the chairman of the National Labour Advisory Council, set 17, to reaffirm both parties’ commitment to driving Thailand’s labour force.
While announcing this on its website, the Ministry of Labour reiterated the key guidelines of the nation’s first 20-year national strategy, which was developed by the National Council for Peace and Order and approved by The National Legislative Assembly last year.
The key guidelines related to labour were highlighted as follows:
1) Development of professional quality and labour to support Industry 4.0 by raising the level of the hands of workers to be quality workers (Super Workers) in 10 industrial groups.
2) Professional skills development at all ages by providing education and career guidance systems for students to test their professional aptitude, while preparing to enter the labour market.
3) Raising the potential of labour by increasing the level of the first wage income and the mechanism of wage adjustment that is in line with the labour competency.
4) Preparing Thais for the 21st century so that people in the organisation can equip themselves to learn new things and can work efficiently.
5) Development of the public service system by aiming to become a transparent, verifiable digital government, using technology to serve the people.
Apart from the above, the National Labour Advisory Council also has proposed the considerations of the following:
1) The establishment of the Institute for Potential Development and Smart Labour Skills to take Thailand through the digital economy.
2) The setting up of a committee to solve issues of supply and employment imbalance.
3) Solving the problem of vocational labour shortages, using short-term techniques.
4) There should be a center for monitoring the effects of disruptive technology, to provide surveillance, follow-ups, solve problems, and help take care of vulnerable groups of workers.
5) The Ministry of Labour is the main host for the country’s labour force planning.
6) Establishing the National Big Data Workers Data Centre.
7) Upgrading the Labour Economy Office of the Ministry of Labour in order to set the context to drive labour to the economy in the future.
8) Improve laws related to labour to keep up with new technology and careers with the establishment of a sub-committee, to study the employment pattern of the 21st century, in which people must work with robots or advanced technology.
Photo / Ministry of Labour