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Latest Officials at the Phuket Labor Office say there are just 11,528 expats on the holiday island officially sanctioned to work in tourism, property and other industries.
PHOTO ALBUM A sweep to clear Phuket of illegal guides is being planned from October 6 as police officers begin training and all Phuket guides - local and foreign - are being urged to register anew.
PHOTO ALBUM On the first day the new one-stop service for workers from neighboring countries attracted about 400 people. Many more are expected to register in the next month as word spreads.
Latest Workers on Phuket were ill equipped to deal with the sudden influx of foreign workers in tourism and the upgrading in skills needed for Thais to compete for jobs.
Latest Prices continue to soar on Phuket with high costs affecting the labor market and likely to limit tourism prospects, according to latest figures following a meeting of employers.
By Chutima Sidasathian
Latest A system designed to bring order to the employment of Burmese laborers on Phuket and in Thailand had proven to be costly and to benefit only the Burmese, employers complain. More »
By Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian
Latest A large group of illegal Cambodian workers rides home in buses from Phuket with some questions about how they came to the island and who paid still unanswered. More »
Phuket Insight The view from Australia is that Phuket has new competitors and some problems that could cause a major tourism breakdown unless the government steps in soon. More »
Labor Innovation A new recruitment office in Phuket aims to help legalise the status of the thousands of illegal Burmese working on the island, Phuket's governor has been told. More »
By Alan Morison
Jobs Go in Makeover Laguna Phuket's MD says travel alerts have needlessly damaged Phuket. Fulltime jobs are being reduced as the Phuket icon looks to future growth outside Thailand. More »
Latest Eighty jobs have gone for workers on Phuket at Thaisarco, one of the island's most unusual businesses. The job losses pare costs to make the company more competitive. More »
Latest Resorts are expected to rapidly reduce working hours for staff in the face of reduced low season bookings. Government grants may provide a safety net for some. More »
Latest More than 100 Thai guides are being trained on Phuket to replace guides from other nations who are seen as keeping Thais out of jobs. That is changing. More »
PHOTO ALBUM Phuket police and Immigration officers have cracked a scam that lured young Korean women to Phuket for up to 200,000 baht on the promise of teaching jobs. More »
Latest Three caddies have been singled out and sacked in the Phuket golf course dispute and management plans to meet with all 260 women to explain its actions on Monday. More »