So what is Social Security in Thailand? Well social security is a fund providing security and coverage to insured individuals. Both employers and employees are required by the Social Security Act to make contributions to the Social Security Fund on a monthly basis. The current contribution rate is 5% of the employees' salary payable by both parties. The maximum contribution is 750 THB. This means that any employee making more that 15,000 THB per month needs to pay only 750 THB and their employer will also only need to pay 750 THB. Contributions must be submitted to the Social Security Office by the 15th of the following month.

Social Security Registration

A company that has one or more employees aged between 15 to 60 must register and submit their employee’s Social Security Fund application to the Social Security Office within 30 days from the date the employee first starts working with the company. Foreigners who are legally employed, and have a work permit in Thailand, must also register with the Social Security Office and they are also entitled to the same benefits as any Thai employee.

Social Security Act

According to the Social Security Act, an insured person is a person who pays contributions. This provides entitlement to benefits under the Act. Insured persons include:

  • An employee under section 33, who is not younger than 15 years of age and not older than 60 years of age
  • An employee under section 39, who is an insured person under section 33 having paid contributions for a period of not less than 12 months and ceases to be an insured person by ending to be an employee. If the employee who has ended their employment wishes to continue to be an insured person, the employee must inform the Social Security Office within six months and submit a contribution to the fund before the 15th of the following month
  • Any other person who is not an employee under section 33 or section 39 may apply to be an insured person under section 40 by informing the Social Security Office. This is not offerred to Foreigners.

Social Security Benefits

Once an person has been successfully registered that person is entitled to receive the following social security benefits;

  • Injury or sickness benefits, including health promotion and disease prevention
  • Maternity benefits
  • Disability benefits
  • Death benefits
  • Child benefits
  • Old-age benefits
  • Unemployment benefits, except for an insured person under section 39

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