2019 30 August

Cambodia Legal Update: 2020 Foreign Employee Quota Application Window to Open Shortly


By way of advance notice, please note that the window to apply for the 2020 foreign employee quota will open in September 2019.
Organizations employing or intending to employ foreign employees in 2020 are required to apply for a foreign employee quota from the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training (“MLVT”). Under the quota system, a maximum of 10% of an employer’s total local workforce may be foreign nationals (based on a calculation of foreign employees/local employees), comprised of: office employees (3%); skilled labour employees (6%); and unskilled labour employees (1%).
If your organization employs or intends to employ any foreign nationals, we recommend that the 2020 foreign quota application be prepared as soon as practicable and, in any event, before 30 November 2019. If your organization hires foreign employee(s) without the approved quota, it may be subject to a fine up to KHR 2.52 million (approximately USD 630) by the MLVT.
If you require our assistance with such application, please do not hesitate to contact labor.kh@dfdl.com.

The information provided here is for information purposes only and is not intended to constitute legal advice. Legal advice should be obtained from qualified legal counsel for all specific situations.

DFDL Contacts

Chris Robinson

Partner, Head of Cambodia Corporate & Commercial Practice Group


Chesda Teng

Senior Consultant, Cambodia Corporate and Commercial Practice Group


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