New Work Permit Rules – September 2018
The Chief of the Phuket Provincial Employment Office, Kattiya Pandech, has confirmed to The Phuket News this week that New Work Permit Rules issued by Royal Decree in March are in effect, allowing foreigners with work permits to legally work in any field, anywhere in the country, for any employer as long as the work being done in not on the list of occupations prohibited to foreigners.
This means that foreigners who have been issued work permits are no longer restricted to performing only the type of work listed in the work permit, or at the exact location listed in the work permit, or for the employer listed in the work permit, or even in accordance with the conditions listed in the work permit.
However, it is best foreigners and employers ‘should’ register any changes to their work situation with the Employment Office to avoid any confusion or misunderstandings that may arise. even though there is not even any legal requirement for foreigners to inform of any changes.
Thai Work Permit Changes
The changes came via the Emergency Decree on Non-Thais’ Working Management (No.2) (2018)
Some old rules still apply, such as the requirement for foreigners to carry their work permit with them at all times while performing work. Although for some reason as of Wednesday (Aug 29) the Ministry of Interior still listed the 39 occupations in full on its website (www.mol.go.th), Labour Minister Adul Sangsingkeo in June announced that 12 occupations had been removed from the list, with foreigners allowed to engage in work in the 12 new fields from July 1.
The 12 new fields that foreigners are now allowed to work in predominantly focus on unskilled labour, Thai handicraft production and other forms of manual labour. However, in professional work, foreigners may now work in engineering, architecture and accounting as long as the foreigner has been accredited by the relevant Thai authority or trade association.
Source: Read more at https://www.thephuketnews.com/new-work-permit-rules-confirmed-by-phuket-employment-office-chief-68463.