A quarter of employees in Thailand were either laid off or subjected to a forced temporary leave amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey.
The survey, conducted by the job search firm JobsDB, sampled more than 1,400 Thai employees and 400 employers earlier this week.
The result of the survey confirmed what economic experts fear: the coronavirus pandemic exacerbated the already debilitated local market.
JobsDB’s Thailand Manager Pornladda Dathratwibul said:
“The hardest-hit groups are those with a monthly salary below 16,000 baht.”
According to the results of the survey:
9 percent of those interviewed say they have lost their jobs;
16 percent said that their workplace put them under a temporary leave;
45 percent of workers who have survived the layoffs say that they still suffer a considerable impact on their salaries.
The research also found out that those who took a salary cut from their jobs experienced a slash in their monthly wages by about 11 to 20 percent.
The University of Thai Chambers of Commerce reported that around three million Thais might become unemployed as the coronavirus continues to wreak havoc in several local economic industries.