The government created jobs for more than 4.8 million people last year, about 3.6 million of whom are working in the country and 1.2 million overseas, Labour Minister Ith Samheng said.
Releasing the ministry’s annual report on employment yesterday, Mr Samheng said that more than 99.3 percent of Cambodians have jobs and only 0.7 percent are unemployed.
He said that more than 1.2 million are working abroad, including nearly 500,000 women.
“They are working in Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region,” Mr Samheng said.
Mr Samheng noted that more than 1.1 million, including 458,027 women, are working in Thailand and they earn a monthly minimum wage of about $300.
“The Cambodian and Thai governments successfully launched a campaign to legitimise Cambodian workers working in Thailand on June 30, 2018,” he said.
He also said that there are 49,099 Cambodian workers working in South Korea who earn about $1,200 per month.
Mr Samheng added that 9,100 Cambodians working in Japan earn about $1,500 each per month, and 30,113 working in Malaysia are paid around $300 each in monthly wages.
He said that 831 Cambodians working in Singapore each earn about $450 per month and 54 working in Hong Kong get between $550 and $578 per month.
Another 16 workers in Saudi Arabia each receive $300 a month.
“Every year, our workers send back more than $2.3 billion to their families and those who return with professional skills contribute to the development of the country,” Mr Samheng said. “Workers overseas also receive legal support and are repatriated if they face problems.”
He added that the government and ministry continue to strengthen collaboration with partner countries where Cambodians are employed.