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Finding work in Thailand as an expat

With millions of residents, the country is seen to be the most affordable place in the world for foreigners to live. Its economy continues to grow, thereby attracting more expatriates daily. Republic of Thailand provides its residents a source of living, quality infrastructure, social security, healthcare, friendly taxes, etc. Given the high rate of unemployment in the world, it has3 opened its borders to foreigners from all over the world. Being a major hub in terms of manufacturing, technology, construction, agriculture, etc. It welcomes skilled expats from developing countries looking for a haven outside their regions. While living in a major city such as Bangkok, working expatriates enjoy advantages like better salaries, health insurance, and easy tax policies, amongst others.

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Despite the many job openings offered, finding a good job without a degree is not easy for expats. Nonetheless, there are seasonal jobs available in the tourism sector for expats, which do not require many skills. For expats looking for employment here or thinking of relocating to this Asian country for work purposes, this is an article on how to find work in Thailand as an expat.

Finding work as an expat

Job vacancies are available to foreigners in various companies both local and international but there is a list of occupations, which are prohibited for expats. It is advisable to get a job first before relocating to the country. The common way of finding work these days is on the internet. Foreigners can search on recruitment sites, social media, and even local newspapers. These recruitment sites are set up to broadcast job openings open to foreigners, depending on their fields of interest. Expatriates can also find job postings on LinkedIn and Facebook groups. Those residing in the country are likely to find job adverts in local newspapers around them. These adverts are usually made by local companies seeking new workers. Jobs can also be found on the recruitment page of some organizations and the country’s immigration portal.  

Work requirements for expats 

With various sectors looking to hire skilled and experienced workers, there are job opportunities available to foreigners. However, they are mostly open to skilled workers such as those in the IT sector. Website developers, programmers, graphic designers, etc. are among the most sought workers in Southeast Asia, and the country at large, as it is an emerging sector with lots of potential. There are also jobs in other sectors such as marketing, finance, communication, etc. 

Language proficiency

One of the most popular tourist centers in the world; it is a hub of languages with vast opportunities for expats who can speak various languages in its tourism sector. Expats interested in working here should ensure they can speak Chinese, English, or any other languages common to the region, as this will not only improve their chances of getting a job in their field but also help in their daily communication with natives. Those without much skill can find job vacancies in the tourism industry provided they can speak English or other major languages fluently. Expatriates applying for teaching jobs should ensure they have their TEFL certificate and enough work experience to convince a domestic employer to hire them. 

Work visa/permit

An expat coming to the country to work has to apply for a non-immigrant visa. Upon entry, apply for a work permit from the Department of Employment. These two items allow a foreigner to reside and work legally in the republic.

The embassy in an expat’s home country usually issues a visa. Its length depends on the duration of the job offer or the type of visa applied for. 

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