Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Some jobs off limits to foreigners from August

Some jobs off limits to foreigners from August

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Labour ministry spokesman Heng Sour says a decision to ban foreigners from certain jobs will protect small enterprises and family-owned businesses. Heng Chivoan

Some jobs off limits to foreigners from August

Beginning from the second week of August, foreigners will be banned from driving taxis and tuk-tuks, as well as being motorcycle delivery drivers, street food vendors, hairdressers and product distributors among other lower-income jobs.

Some white-collar jobs such as the head of human resources will also be off-limits to foreigners, as will certain positions in the private sector.

The move serves to protect the local employment market, the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training announced on Tuesday, saying most of the jobs non-Cambodians will be prohibited from doing are based in the informal economy.

Ministry spokesman Heng Sour told The Post on Tuesday that the decision will protect small enterprises and family-owned businesses.

“We are protecting small and family-run enterprises and employment in certain areas. At this juncture, Cambodia has to identify some jobs that foreigners are not allowed to do,” Sour said, adding that other countries have similar laws.

He said: “Most of the jobs that foreigners will be banned from doing are in the informal sector, such as vendors selling food on the street or on carts, or being taxi drivers or motodops. These are jobs Cambodians can do, and we are prohibiting foreigners from doing them.”

Cambodia, like other countries, allows foreigners under national and international laws to invest and open businesses if they have been issued investment licences or business permits by the authorities.

They also need employment visas and work permits to work in the Kingdom.

Legal expert Sok Sam Oeun told The Post on Tuesday that banning foreigners from certain employment was a positive move as more, particularly Chinese nationals, were moving to Cambodia and taking jobs from the locals.

He said loopholes in the law prohibiting foreigners from taking certain jobs had allowed them to open any business they wished.

Sam Oeun said the government should increase taxes on foreigners and see they are properly controlled.

“I think if foreigners are employed, they should be taxed more than Cambodians. In some employment areas, we can lose advantages,” Sam Oeun said.

He said the government’s systems to monitor and control foreigners was still proving ineffective.

According to the Labour Law and recent prakas on foreign workers, only 10 per cent of the workforce of Cambodian enterprises, including factories, can be foreign, with these usually employed in specialist roles.

The law instructed businesses to give priority to Cambodians in certain positions.

Sour said foreigners working in Cambodia must pay $180 for a one-year visa, and they also require a work permit costing around $130 per year.

Employers were required to pay around $50 a year for each foreign staffer, who also contributes about $360 per year to the national budget, he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Pesticide-laden cucumbers’ kill two, poison 150 in Banteay Meanchey

    At least two youths have died and 243 others are being treated for vomiting, diarrhoea, breathing difficulties, dizziness and muscle weakness after they ate cucumbers suspected to consist of pesticides. The incident happened on Saturday, said Banteay Meanchey provincial police chief Ath Khem. He told The

  • Three dead, 13 injured in collapse at Siem Reap pagoda

    At least three people were killed and more than 10 others injured on Monday after a dining hall under construction collapsed at Prasat Kokchak pagoda in Kokchak commune, Siem Reap province. Provincial police chief Tith Narong said Military Police, soldiers and local volunteers had successfully recovered 16

  • China Unicom enters Cambodia

    China Unicom, the country’s largest telecoms operator, has expanded into Cambodia to build optical telecommunication pathways in the Kingdom as part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The Hong Kong-listed company officially opened its China Unicom (Cambodia) subsidiary on Monday to become the

  • PP-SHV Expressway on track for completion in early 2023

    The construction of the $1.9 billion Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway, which broke ground at the end of March, is on track to be completed by early 2023, Ministry of Public Works and Transport spokesman Vasim Sorya said on Monday. The 190km high-speed highway linking the capital to the

  • Kingdom’s domestic milk still cannot compete with imports

    Price competition and a lack of confidence by consumers are the main reasons the dairy market cannot compete with imports, said domestic milk producers. The large displays of imported fresh milk at the Kingdom’s supermarkets present a cumbersome obstacle for local producers, they said.

  • Forest Harmony’s $18M luxury villas break ground in Kampot

    Local and French joint-venture Forest Harmony has broken ground on its $18 million “second-home” Luxury Holiday Villas project in Kampot province. Century 21 Mekong CEO and local shareholder of the project Chrek Soknim told The Post that the project will comprise 90 villa units covering 18ha on a 97