Finding employment in Thailand can be as easy or as difficult as in any other country. It depends on the employers' needs and the job seeker's skills. The more specialised skills, especially in the computer and IT fields, are in higher demand. Location is also a factor. In tourist areas such as Phuket, foreigners will face strong competition in the job market. The best chance of finding work is in Bangkok.
Legal employment is only possible with a work permit that is work specific. There are many jobs for qualified foreign workers although finding sponsorship from a company is not always easy. Teaching is the primary job choice; a TEFL Certificate (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) as well as a Bachelor’s degree is required before a work permit can be obtained for a teaching position.
There are also opportunities in sectors such as banking and finance, computer and IT, sales, entertainment, tourism, writing, administration and in areas using specialised skills.
Note: Foreigners are restricted from certain occupations that are protected under the Foreign Business Act of 1999. If caught working in these jobs or listed professions, the person could face criminal charges and may be imprisoned for up to five years and/or pay a fine of up to THB 100,000.
There are many jobs for foreigners advertised online. However, some adverts are listed as "Thai National Only"; foreigners may not apply for these positions. Following up on all contacts through networking will also improve the chances of securing a job. Many employers of foreigners can speak English and many advertisements are in English.
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