Thailand in top ten worldwide for social media use

The Thai government is planning to allow foreign entities set up universities in the special economic zones in a bid to address skills shortages in areas such as robotics and electric-train programs which are underserved at Thai universities. Foreign educational institutions will be allowed to offer courses which are not available in Thailand to Thai students, primarily in special economic zones and in specialty topics such as food processing, robotics, and other high tech industries as part of Thailand’s 4.0 plan to move from a manufacturing base to a high-tech one. The financial institutions will be required to comply with Thai regulations and meet the standard criteria for all university-level courses.

The unemployment rate rose slightly to 1.2 percent from 0.97 percent in the fourth quarter of last year while the unemployment rate for 2016 stood at 1 percent. A total of 460,000 people were out of a job in the first quarter this year as private investment and exports have not yet fully recovered, however much of this was in the farm sector which saw employment drop 1.4 percent. However, employment in the farm sector rose 7 percent in April alone. Employment in the non-farm sector dropped only 0.3 percent.

Social media users in Thailand continues to grow as Thailand remains in the top ten countries worldwide for network usage and consumer adoption growth on social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The numbers grew 20 percent year on year with Facebook users growing by 47 million, Instagram by 11 million and Twitter by 9 million. Thailand slid down the rankings for Facebook users slightly so far this year to 9th , down from 8th last year. However, Bangkok still ranks as the world’s biggest city for Facebook users while Chon Buri, Chiang Mai and Nakhon Ratchasima have a strong Facebook base. Instagram users rose 41 percent making Thailand 13th by user numbers; Twitter active users leaped 70 percent from 3.1 million to 9 million. Banks, hotels and other businesses have active social media presences, taking advantage of the large number of users.

Work Permit

Any foreigner working in Thailand must obtain a Work Permit before beginning work. While a prospective employer may file an application on the foreigner’s behalf in advance of his starting work, the actual Work Permit will not be issued until the foreigner has entered Thailand in accordance with the immigration laws and has presented himself to receive his Work Permit.

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