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More Phuket Resorts Apply Five-Day Week, Survey Finds

Thursday, July 5, 2012
PHUKET: About half the resorts on Phuket offer a five-day working week with others moving in that direction, a survey of 100 four-star and five-star Phuket resorts indicates.

The survey has been carried out over about 12 months by a group of workers in the industry who were keen to know more about conditions and hours in resorts on Phuket.

One of the anonymous compilers says the movement towards the five-day working week has accelerated recently, especially with the arrival of an increasing number of international brands.

The survey found that 50 percent of resorts that responded now offer the five-day working week. Although no comparative figures are available, this is thought to be a substantial increase on five years ago.

The Marriot group, for example, made the five-day working week an attractive proposition when recruiting workers for its Courtyard brand on Phuket a few years back.

A total of 27 percent of resorts still expect workers to be on duty six days a week, according to the survey.

In the middle are another 23 percent of resorts, including some that change from season to season, offering two days off in the low season and one in the high season.

Others in the category provide six days off a month, in between one day off and two days off.

Many of the major Thai brands have already followed the lead of international brands.

The survey compilers believe greater competition and the advent of the Asean economic community in 2015 are likely to lead to more Phuket resorts offering the standard five-day working week.

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