Thai workers wishing to work as berry-pickers in Sweden and Finland must not believe those trying to convince them to work in those countries this year, as the yearly job quota had been filled and no extra posts will be available, the Labour Ministry's Department of Employment (DOE) director-general Waranon Pitiwan warned on Tuesday.
Waranon said as Thai workers travel to Sweden and Finland for berry-picking jobs between July and September every year, Thais must be aware that ill-intentioned people might try to lure them through various media channels for such jobs.
Waranon said the DOE's quota this year (3,351 for Sweden and 3,267 for Finland) was filled and the registered workers departed in July.
Waranon said that last year the DOE sent 3,327 Thai berry-pickers to Sweden and 2,503 to Finland - each of whom had to pay expenses, such as a visa fee, national and international fees and insurance.
The director-general urged people to think carefully when eyeing this work.
Waranon explained that berry-picking was not easy to do and was best suited for people who had done the work previously and had sound health.
He said that the income might be less than expected when expenses were deducted, so those interested in the work should first get details at the DOE's Overseas Employment Administration Division at 02 245 6499 and 02 245 6714 or contact DOE branch offices, the Bangkok DOE area 1-10 offices or call the hotline 1694.