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Thailand’s labour ministry wants to increase the registered number of staffing companies specialising in placing migrant workers in the country. It said that less than 20% of recruitment firms had so far completed the registration process.
Pravit Khiengpol from the employment department confirmed that recruiters had been contacted by the department to accelerate the registration process. According to him, there are 125 staffing companies in the country which specialise in hiring foreign labour. The majority of these firms place workers from Myanmar, with others focusing on countries such as Laos and Cambodia.
But the department has so far only received 18 complete registrations. According to local media reports, Mr Pravit urged recruiters to comply with current legislation. Those breaching the law may face hefty fines, several years in prison, and a ban to operate their business in the country.
Firms registered with the department will also be fully protected under local law, something which will increase the protection of migrant workers. But foreign workers are expected to pay around USD 350 in fees to local agencies, Mr Pravit said.