BANGKOK, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's Department of Employment is providing job opportunities for a large number of inmates freed under a royal pardon from prisons nationwide.

Viwat Jiraphanvanich, the deputy director general of the department, said on Wednesday there are currently some 55,300 job vacancies throughout the country, which might probably be attractive to some 30,000 inmates who have been freed under the recently-bestowed royal pardon.

Thailand's new King Maha Vajiralongkorn granted the royal pardon to those inmates, mostly having been sentenced to no more than two years in jail, on occasion of his ascension to the throne in place of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Viwat said those job opportunities are for housemaids, cooks, drivers, shopkeepers and factory workers.

The Department of Employment is yet to obtain from the Department of Corrections the number and names of the freed inmates who may be interested to take those vacant positions and learn to have working skills from the Department of Skill Development.