Bangkok and Thailand offers a wealth of opportunities for consultants, right across all disciplines and industries. From multinational corporations to Thai businesses and exciting start-ups, as a consultant you can make a huge difference, whilst living a life of luxury in a stunning country of cities and natural beauty. But before you book your plane ticket, it pays to know what you need to get in place and the considerations you’ll need to make. That’s why we’ve created this guide.
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Working as a consultant in Bangkok – Your Guide
If you’re a consultant, or considering starting consulting, and are looking to make a career move to Bangkok, Chiang Mai or anywhere in Thailand, this guide is for you. From jobs, industries and visas, to typical wages, work permits and the ex-pat community, it’s all in here.
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In a nutshell: You’ll find all of the roles in Bangkok that you would in London, New York, Sydney or any Western city, just look out for different job titles for the same positions. What might be VP of HR in the US, might be Head of HR in Thailand.
The Thai economy is one of the strongest in the ASEAN region and offers significant stability, particularly compared to neighboring powerhouses such as China. The result is a growing and diverse economy, similar to any you would find in a leading Western city. Roles across all disciplines are available, from Accounting to Advertising, and across all industries, from IT to Automotive and Engineering.
You’ll also have the choice to work in companies of all types, from multinational US and UK firms, to local established bsuinesses. Thailand, and in particular Bangkok, also has a very healthy start-up culture, with government initiatives and funding resulting in a high number of new businesses. This offers consultants the opportunity to have a real impact on the growth of an idea, and even potentially invest in such ventures.
How to find consulting jobs
Whatever your expertise, there’s a Thai-based business that will be very keen to have you on board to increase their knowledge, ability and opportunities. Register with Bangkok recruitment agencies, like ourselves, scour LinkedIn and check ex-pat forums. When you’re looking for roles, just be aware that titles may differ for your position. For example, when it comes to management consulting Bangkok businesses may call a role Principal Leadership Consultant, or a VP of Marketing in the US, may be Head of Marketing in Thailand. Same skills required, just a different job title.
As you’d expect, wages vary here just like anywhere else, depending on the industry, project and whether the business is a start-up or multinational. Below are guideline wage on the average salary in Thailand for specific consultant roles, to see exact wages for current vacancies that match your expertise, get in touch or search online for that role in Bangkok, it should bring up some jobs. Bear in mind that typically they may not show the wage, standard procedure around the world.
Wage ranges for consultant positions:
– A Principal Consultant in Bangkok can earn anything between $57k and $100k
– A Head Sales Consultant in Bangkok can earn anything between $78k and $141k
– A Sales Consultant in Bangkok can earn anything between $63k and $70k
– A Business Consultant in Bangkok can earn anything between $53k and $65k
– A Mid-Weight Consultant in Bangkok can earn anything between $67k and $85k
– A Junior Consultant in Bangkok can earn anything between $44k and $59k
– A Tech consultant in Bangkok can earn anything between $93k and $161k
– A Senior Project Manager in Bangkok can earn anything between $139k and $156k
It’s tricky to come up with these, but we’ve taken a look at a cross section of the roles available in early 2020 and the ranges above are a representation of what we found. Always best to do your own research for your specific area of expertise, try forums like www.forum.thaivisa.com/, they’re a great place to ask questions and get answers from consultants actually living in Bangkok right now. While we’re in the area of visas…
Ok, so myth aside straight away – yes, you do have to have a visa and work permit to work in Thailand and you need to pay your taxes too – even as a consultant.
Applying for a visa
There are many visas to choose from when planning your move to Thailand, but you’ll probably need the Work/Business Visa, or Non-immigrant B Visa. You need to apply before you come to Thailand and the documents you’ll need to support your application will depend on the business-reason you’re coming to the country.
To apply for the initial 90-Day Non-Immigrant B Visa as a consultant (1-year visa is applicable once you’re in Thailand), you’ll typically need to supply a valid passport, two passport photos, a certificate of health, a letter of employment (if you already have a job lined-up) and proof that you have 20,000THB in your account.
Getting a work permit
Your work permit is usually arranged by your employer during the period of your first 90 day visa. Once you have your permit, you can then upgrade your visa to a 1-Year Non-Immigrant B Visa, but you’ll still have to report to a Thai Immigration Office every 90 days. You can renew this visa without having to leave the country. It’s also important to remember that before you leave Thailand for a holiday or on business, you’ll need to get a re-entry permit, otherwise you’re in for an inquisition at Thai Customs on your return.
Paying income tax
Thailand isn’t a tax haven, sorry if you were hoping it was Asia’s answer to Dubai! As a consultant in Bangkok, Chiang Mai or anywhere in Thailand, you’ll need to pay Personal Income Tax (PIT) on your earnings if you’re not already paying tax on them in your home country. So you’ll need to file a return and pay into the Thai economy, just like in the US, Australia or Europe.
Also very important to understand for ex-pats, is that if you stay in Thailand for over 180-days, you’ll be classed as a resident for tax purposes and will need to pay tax on your global income – that’s everything you earn, wherever you earn it. Again, if you’re already paying tax on it back home, then you won’t pay tax on it in Thailand.
Annual Personal Income Tax (PIT) rates – 2019 (THB)
0 – 150,000 Exempt
150,001 – 300,000 5%
300,001 – 500,000 10%
500,001 – 750,000 15%
750,001 – 1,000,000 20%
1,000,001 – 2,000,000 25%
2,000,001 – 5,000,000 30%
5,000,001 and over 35%
These are the 2020-2021 tax bands, be sure to check the latest ones!
Wherever you’re from, there’s a large enough ex-pat community in Thailand to make you feel right at home. Most are freelancers and consultants, including a lot of developers and many have been here for well over a decade, even if they may only have come for six months! Thailand is one of those places, you come for a job or for a lifestyle and you stay for the people, the sights, landscape and highly rewarding career opportunities.
You can use our ex-pat in Bangkok guide to find out all about life as a foreign national in Thailand. We’ve put together links to the best blogs, forums, videos and resources to give you a 360 view of what life will be like, including the day-to-day living experience, where to rent/buy, a breakdown of monthly living costs and the pros and cons.
Check the job market before you leave
Before you book your plane ticket, check the local job market to see how many roles and opportunities there are in line with your expertise. As we said earlier, Thailand is booming, but that doesn’t mean every skillset is in-demand. Just make sure that there are enough opportunities to come out here and thrive doing what you love.
Check the industries you want to work in
Knowing there are jobs is one thing, but are they in the industries you want to work in? The Thai economy is diverse, but it’s nowhere near as evolved as Western ones, so check that your preferred niche exists and has plenty of positions available. Remember though – Thailand will have many opportunities for you to diversify your skillsets and transfer your expertise to a new sector, so don’t be too closed-minded.
Identify the top Thai employers
If you’re used to Western perks and job cultures and they’re a must-have, then definitely spend some time finding employers that have an advanced employee engagment policy. This may be the multinational corporations, but many Thai businesses are catching up in this area and start-ups are putting this in-place – albeit on a budget – right from the start. To find out re aligned to your beliefs for a healthy workplace, check forums, speak to your network connections linked to Thailand and use sites such as Glassdoor.
Make sure your profiles are perfection
It’s a must-do whenever you’re looking for a new role, but updating your CV, covering letter and LinkedIn are particularly important when you’ve decided to find that role in a new country. Your CV and covering letter, although seemingly old-fashioned now, will still play a big part in introducing you to Thai employers as a serious professional making a career move.
Each piece should consider cultural differences in presenting information and should show how your skills can be highlighted to apply to working in Thailand. Your covering letter in particular should explain exactly why you’re doing it.
Aside from letting prospective Thai employers and consulting recruitment agencies know about your availability, updating your LinkedIn will also allow you to start making and pulling on relevant connections in Bangkok, Chaing Mai or other Thai cities. You can also start moving in ex-pat circles and joining groups to help you get your foot in the door and learn top tips.
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At RECRUITdee, our bank of consultants have deep expertise in specific disciplines and industries. They bring knowledge and expertise gained through years of experience and through a passion for their field. More often than not, they have qualifications from respected industry bodies and educational institutions, ensuring that their advice is market-appropriate and will deliver ROI.
BRINGING KNOWLEDGE AND PASSION
When we review any consultant, we always judge them on the value they can bring to a client. Are they experienced? Are they an expert? Do they practice continual professional development? Are they industry body approved or qualified? And we also look for one more, intangible quality that we know, from experience, makes all the difference: are they passionate?
We only ever work with consultants that want to make a difference and create new possibilities for our clients and themselves. Our consultants are not only great at what they do, they love what they do, and they bring that expertise and energy to businesses across Thailand, giving them the insight, inspiration and edge. They may only work together for a short period, but the impact is always long-term.
WHATEVER THE PROJECT, WE’VE GOT CONSULTANTS THAT CAN CHANGE THE GAME
A consultant’s role is to use their expert knowledge to help you quickly achieve the desired outcome – our role is the same. In order to connect the right clients with the right consultant, we take the time to completely understand the needs of both. Their aspirations, objectives and working culture, then we can be sure that the relationship delivers for both sides.
We do this so that the partnership can hit the ground running, with client and consultant on the same page, unlocking expertise quickly to drive client growth. This is the difference between a recruitment partner and a recruitment provider. As your partner, we’ll understand you, what makes you tick, and what you need in order to excel. We’re proactive and here for you. We always earn our right to support you with your career or business ambitions, and we’re by your side for the long-term.
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