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Do Farang Employers Pay Less?
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    Do Farang Employers Pay Less?

    We always hear that modst people in Thailand only earn 6,000 Baht a month. My wife has just taken a job as a waitress in a Thai-Farang restaurant and is getting far less thanthis rate. Just wondered if anyone knows if it is common for lower wages?

    I'm not sure yet of her working hours and days but her wage works out a 25 working days a month at the minimum wage for the Province.

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    Re: Do Farang Employers Pay Less?

    All I know, David, is that a great many Thai people work for less than the minimum wage -even when the economy is booming -as the legislation is seldom-if ever -enforced, and to complain is to get fired.
    But must state this knowledge is from news articles etc. and not from practical experience of knowing someone that has been affected.

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    Re: Do Farang Employers Pay Less?

    Since I have known her (over 5 years), apart from when she has worked day to day on rice farming or road construction, she has always been paid 6,000 Baht a month in every job. When she told me about this she just says it's because the boss is 觢˹.

    觢˹ = A stingy or penny-pinching foreigner.

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    Re: Do Farang Employers Pay Less?

    Hmm.
    If a farang is breaking the labour laws then it should be easy to get some action from the authorities?
    Surely?

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    Re: Do Farang Employers Pay Less?

    Well, as I say I don't know yet how many days in a month she is working, if it's 25 or fewer then she's getting minimum wage, but normaly she only gets a day off a week or sometimes a fortnight. I will speak with her weekend a learn more.

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    Re: Do Farang Employers Pay Less?

    Hope it all works out OK.

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    Re: Do Farang Employers Pay Less?

    Me too. But I wonder if it's worth it; after paying for her room and living expenses she is left with 43 Baht a day!!! But she thinks she is helping us to save the deposit on a place in Buriram City.

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    Re: Do Farang Employers Pay Less?

    Well I dont know if he is a farang keeniew or not.
    As long as hes not breaking the minimum wage law, I see nothing wrong with it.
    If she thinks its too low for her, then she should find somewhere else for employment.

    Just because hes a farang, doesnt mean hes obligated to pay more than any thai employers of similar business. Its called having a good business sense. And Im sure hes not forcing her to work there for that wage. Of course as a waitress, there is more money to be made from customers tipping also.

    That is how I see it.

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    Re: Do Farang Employers Pay Less?

    David, I have no idea if it's because the boss is a farang or not.
    I only know our teaching assistants (who are qualified teacher with college degrees) get 6000-7000 a month. and that they are happy because government kindergartens pay 4000 or 4500 in the area, for managing classes of 30-40 3-year-olds, without help, 10 hours a day. we even heard of a salary around 3000 for this job.

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    Re: Do Farang Employers Pay Less?

    Where i am, i can't think of any waitress that gets anywhere near a basic salary of 6,000 baht a month - usually around 3,500-4,500 a month, and they are Thai - the Burmese and Laotians working here get slightly less than that, and most are working legally. On top of that basic wage most of them do get some tips however, best i heard of is around 100-200 baht a day (for normal restaurant with live acoustic)

    Restaurants get away with paying less than the minimum wage cause they offer free food and sometimes free accommodation. So, making them exempt from the statutory minimum. Think of it, 2 free meals and drinks already comes to near a saving of 2,000 a month +, and if there's a room on top...

    Harder labour like road construction, factory etc... usually adhere to the minimum daily wage and also offer overtime, so paying much more than restaurant work. But of course, they don't get paid when they take any days off (unlike at restaurants).
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