section 33

Employers will receive a compensation of 3,000 baht per head, up to a maximum of 200 employees; while insured workers will receive financial support of up to 2,500 baht, both of which will be wired via PromptPay.

Thailand’s Minister for Labour, Suchart Chomklin, on Friday (30 July 2021), announced that employers and insured workers in the 10 areas where strict social and economic restrictions are imposed – Bangkok, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala, and Songkhla – are to receive financial support of up to 2,500 Baht, from today (Wednesday, 4 August 2021) onwards.

This payout, the Minister noted, also covers employers and insured workers plying their trades in the following businesses. They are:

  • Construction
  • Food and accommodation services
  • Art
  • Entertainment and recreation
  • Transportation and storage
  • Wholesale and retail
  • Automotive repair
  • Administrative support activities
  • Professional activities in science and academia
  • Information and communication activities.

Minister Suchart said: “Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha is concerned about the workforce and entrepreneurs who have been affected by the measures to control the COVID-19 situation, and has ordered the Ministry of Labour to speed up the payment of remedies to insured persons by 6 August 2021.”

As such, according to Minister Suchart, payments will be gradually wired to Thai workers, from 4 August 2021, through PromptPay. This will take time because the system "can only process one million accounts per day.”

“There are 2.87mn insured workers eligible to receive remedies; therefore, it will take up to three days to complete the transfers within the deadline of 6 August 2021, following the Prime Minister’s intentions,” Minister Suchart explained.

“The following instalment of remedies will gradually be transferred to employers and insured workers under Section 33 every Friday until 29 October 2021.”

For Thai employers, the Social Security Office’s deputy spokesperson, Ladda Sae-le shared that, they will “receive compensation from the government according to the number of employees at 3,000 baht per head, up to a maximum of 200 employees.”

Likewise, the payment will be wired via PromptPay.

In a similar vein, Minister Suchart, on Saturday (31 July 2021), further announced that employers and insured workers, under Section 33, in Chachoengsao, Chonburi, and Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya - beyond the 10 aforementioned provinces – will also be receiving financial support from the government.

While the rate and method of payment remain the same at 2,500 baht via PromptPay, insured workers will receive the payout by 9 August 2021, instead of 6 August.

With this move, Minister Suchart shared: “There are 272,746 insured workers, and 19,213 employers.

“The total amount of remedies is 1,522mn Baht – divided into 841mn baht for employers, and 681mn baht for employees.”


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