South Korea’s renowned shipbuilding company, Samsung Heavy Industries, is actively seeking to employ 1,227 skilled Thai workers to bolster its workforce, according to Labour Minister Suchart Chomklin. The highly sought-after positions include 527 welders, 500 painters, and 200 electricians, offering attractive monthly salaries ranging from 2.5 million to 3 million Korean won, equivalent to approximately 90,000 to 108,000 Thai baht.
Suchart emphasized that the Labour Ministry has maintained a strong relationship with Khoshipa, the Korea Offshore and Shipbuilding Association, ensuring a smooth process for Thai workers to obtain E-7 visas for skilled labor in South Korea. As a result, local job placement firms have informed the ministry that they have contractual obligations to provide 4,477 workers for seven different shipbuilding companies, with 711 individuals already sent to South Korea.
South Korea’s aging population has led to a shortage of skilled workers, prompting higher salaries and overtime offerings to incentivize foreign skilled workers, particularly in the shipbuilding industry. “This is a good opportunity as Thai skilled workers are acceptable to foreign employers,” said Suchart.
Pairoj Chotikasathien, director-general of the Department of Employment, outlined five ways for workers to secure overseas jobs. The first two options are to be sent abroad via job placement firms or through the Department of Employment. Thirdly, workers can independently seek job opportunities overseas. The remaining two methods entail Thai employers either sending workers abroad for employment or as part of job training programs.