Sudden fintech boom in Southeast Asia leads to talent crunch

Chonladet Khemarattana’s business is growing, but his head count is struggling to keep pace. Like many fintech startups in Thailand, the digital securities brokerage he co-founded in 2017 has more than 20 open positions, ranging from software engineers to business and investment analysts.

“There’s a shortage of developers, especially if you want to recruit English speakers,” said Chonladet, who also leads the Thai Fintech Association. He estimated a computer science graduate from the country’s top university could receive a starting salary of 50,000 to 60,000 baht ($1,480 to $1,780) per month.

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