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  • Manufacturing Sector Indonesia Absorbs 16.3 Million Workers

    Manufacturing Sector Indonesia Absorbs 16.3 Million Workers

    Indonesia's manufacturing sector is targeted to provide employment to a total of 16.3 million workers in 2017, up 5 percent from 15.5 million workers in the preceding year. As such, development of the manufacturing industry is a good strategy to reduce Indonesia's unemployment rate. Industries within the manufacturing sector of Indonesia that absorb the highest number of workers are the textile, footwear, food & beverage, and automotive industries.

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  • Number of Foreign Workers in Indonesia on the Decline

    Number of Foreign Workers in Indonesia on the Decline

    The number of expat workers in Indonesia is declining due to persistently low commodity prices and the government's stricter regulations regarding the hiring of expats. In the first five months of 2016 a total of 72,399 temporary residential permits (including renewals) were issued to expats. It is highly unlikely that the number of expat workers in Indonesia this year will equal the total of 171,944 foreign workers that were active in Indonesia in 2015. Actually the number of expats working in Indonesia has already been on the decline since 2011 (when the commodity slowdown reemerged).

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  • Unemployment Rate Indonesia Falls to 5.5% of Labor Force

    Unemployment Rate Indonesia Falls to 5.5% of Labor Force

    According to the latest data from Statistics Indonesia (BPS) the unemployment rate of Indonesia fell to 5.5 percent of the nation's labor force, or 7.02 million people in absolute terms, in February 2016 (compared to an unemployment rate of 5.81 percent one year earlier). The data from BPS also indicate that Indonesia's workforce - remarkably - shrank from 128.3 million in February 2015 to 127.8 million people in February 2016 particularly due to a decline in workers in the agriculture sector.

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  • Manufacturing Activity Indonesia Expands in March, End of Long Negative Streak

    Manufacturing Activity Indonesia Expands in March, End of Long Negative Streak

    After having experienced 17 straight months of contraction in the manufacturing sector, the Nikkei Indonesia Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) survey rose to a reading of 50.6 in March 2016 from 48.7 in the preceding month (a reading above 50 indicates expansion of manufacturing activity) according to a statement released on Friday (01/04). This is very positive news although Indonesia's export performance remains in a state of decline. Manufacturing expansion was primarily caused by a rise in domestic demand.

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  • Indonesia & ASEAN Economic Community: Free Flow of Skilled Labor

    Indonesia & ASEAN Economic Community: Free Flow of Skilled Labor

    With the implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) per 1 January 2016 - i.e. the community that is designed to allow the free flow of goods, services, investment, and skilled labor as well as the freer flow of capital among its ten member countries - there has been concern among part of the Indonesian population whether there could occur a massive inflow of foreign workers into Indonesia hence giving rise to more competition on the domestic labor market. This column zooms in on the free flow of labor under the AEC.

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  • Statistics Agency: Unemployment in Indonesia on the Rise

    Statistics Agency: Unemployment in Indonesia on the Rise

    Unemployment in Indonesia increased to 6.18 percent of the labour force in August 2015, or 7.56 million people in absolute terms, from 5.81 percent in February (or 7.45 million unemployed people) as the economic slowdown led to layoffs and slower absorption of the workforce. In the second quarter of 2015 Indonesia's economy grew at the slowest pace in six years at 4.67 percent (y/y) and only managed to improve slightly (4.73 percent y/y) in the third quarter.

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  • Q3-2015 Foreign Direct Investment in Indonesia Grows 18.1% in Rupiah Terms

    Q3-2015 Foreign Direct Investment in Indonesia Grows 18.1% in Rupiah Terms

    The Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) announced on Thursday (22/10) that foreign direct investment (FDI) into Indonesia climbed 18.1 percent (year-on-year) to IDR 92.5 trillion (approx. USD $6.85 billion) in the third quarter of 2015 from the same quarter a year earlier. The Q3-2015 18.1 percentage point growth was almost the same as the 18.1 percent (y/y) increase in FDI posted in the previous quarter. FDI data from the BKPM does not include investment in the country's banking and oil & gas sectors.

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  • Fourth Economic Stimulus Package Indonesia: Employment

    Fourth Economic Stimulus Package Indonesia: Employment

    On Thursday (15/10), Indonesian Chief Economics Minister Darmin Nasution unveiled the fourth economic stimulus package with a main focus on boosting labor and employment in Indonesia. A key policy in the new package is the fixed formula that will be applied by the government to determine increases in labor wages across the 34 provinces of the Archipelago. The government said it will allow a wage increase, every year, based on the provincial inflation rate and economic growth pace.

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  • Indonesia to Announce Fourth Economic Policy Package on Thursday

    Indonesia to Announce Fourth Economic Policy Package on Thursday

    The government of Indonesia will announce a fourth stimulus package on Thursday (15/10). This new edition will focus on safeguarding employment in Indonesia. Due to the country's economic slowdown, concern about unemployment has risen. The Confederation of Indonesian Workers Unions (KSPSI) recently said that over 62,000 Indonesian workers lost their jobs during the first nine months of 2015.

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Latest Columns Employment

  • JobTech Provides 1st Whole Country Online Jobs Scan of Indonesia

    JobTech Provides First Whole Country Online Jobs Scan of Indonesia

    JobTech has initiated coverage on Indonesia's rapidly expanding technology sector. In tandem with the launch of Indonesia’s 2020 Go Digital Vision to become the biggest digital economy in Southeast Asia, technology jobs in Indonesia account for 42 percent of total unique online jobs from January-June 2017. Of these, more than 60 percent of the job postings are localized in Jakarta. Based on the trending in the first half of 2017, technology jobs in Indonesia are expected to continue to grow strongly for the rest of the year.

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  • How Many Foreigners Actually Work in Indonesia? No Hoax!

    How Many Foreigners Actually Work in Indonesia? No Hoax!

    Over the past couple of weeks public outcry ensued in Indonesia due to rumors (a hoax) that said there are currently about ten million workers from China in Indonesia, implying these immigrants are (potentially) "stealing" jobs from the local population. Xenophobia and nationalist sentiments are no strangers to Indonesia, a country that faced a long colonial period, and therefore this hoax easily ignited anxiety among (part of) the Indonesian people. But how many foreigners are currently actually working in Indonesia?

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  • Link between Indonesia's National Education Day & International Labor Day

    Relation between Indonesia's National Education Day & International Labor Day

    The month May is a memorable month for Indonesia in terms of historic significance. On 21 May 1998 former president Suharto - who ruled the country for more than three decades through his authoritarian New Order regime - resigned after having become politically isolated after Jakarta had turned into a bloody battlefield. This was one of the largest events in the political history of Indonesia, causing structural changes in the political system. Other key days in May are International Labor Day (1 May), National Education Day (2 May), and National Awakening Day (20 May).

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  • Wages of Indonesian Employees Reregulated (2/3)

    Wages of Indonesian Employees Reregulated (2/3)

    In our previous column we have already discussed regulations regarding the wage structure, non-wage and calculation of wages of employees in Indonesia based on the Ministry of Manpower issued regulation number 78 of 2015 concerning Wages (New Regulation). The column of this week is a continuation of the previous column and discusses the other wage regulations set by the New Regulation, which includes regulations regarding payment of wages during absence of the employee.

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  • Income Inequality in Indonesia Threatens Social, Economic & Political Stability

    Income Inequality in Indonesia Threatens Social, Economic & Political Stability

    The World Bank says income inequality in Indonesia is widening and as a consequence the fruits of Indonesia's economic growth over the past decade have only been enjoyed by the richest 20 percent of Indonesian society, leaving behind the remaining 80 percent of the population (or 200 million people). In its new report titled "Indonesia's Rising Divide" the World Bank states that rising inequality in society can jeopardize social cohesion, as well as political and economic stability over the long term. The report claims that inequality in Indonesia has reached a relatively high level and is climbing faster than in most of its regional peers.

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  • Indonesia Amends 10 Local-Staff-per-Foreign-Worker (Expat) Rule

    Indonesia Amends Local-Staff-per-Foreign-Worker (Expat) Regulation

    When the Indonesian government unveiled Ministry of Manpower Regulation No. 16/2015 in July, foreign companies in Indonesia became nervous. The regulation required that for every foreign worker (expat) in Indonesia, 10 locals would need to be hired. Although the regulation would not work retroactively, while new foreign companies in Indonesia would be allowed to hire low-paid non-permanent staff (such as office boys or drivers), the regulation met resistance from international chambers of commerce.

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  • Bipartite Dispute Resolution for Labor Disputes in Indonesia

    Bipartite Dispute Resolution for Labor Disputes in Indonesia

    In our previous column we have already explained that dispute resolution for labor disputes in Indonesia generally follows three general steps, i.e. bipartite dispute resolution, tripartite dispute resolution and dispute resolution of labor disputes through the industrial relations court (Labor Court). In the column of this week we take a closer look at the rules and procedures governing the bipartite dispute resolution. The employer and employee in Indonesia are required to perform this bipartite negotiations, before the dispute is being resolved through e.g. mediation or court.

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  • Limited Stay Permit (KITAS) for Expatriates in Indonesia

    Limited Stay Permit (KITAS) for Expatriates in Indonesia

    Expatriates which are working in Indonesia require a limited stay permit (KITAS). In order to obtain a limited stay permit several licenses must be arranged. In previous columns we have explained the procedure for obtaining these licenses, which include a foreign manpower utilization plan (RPTKA), a foreign manpower work permit (IMTA) and telex visa. Before being able to obtain a limited stay permit (KITAS), expatriates and their employer must have arranged aforementioned licenses. In this column we will elaborate further about the limited stay permit (KITAS) for expatriates.

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  • Director Cannot be Considered as Employee in Indonesia

    Director Cannot be Considered as Employee in Indonesia

    Directors in Indonesia cannot be considered employees in Indonesia, because Indonesian Law number 13 of 2013 regarding Manpower (Labor Law) defines them as entrepreneurs. This has several implications of directors in Indonesia. The biggest implication is that directors do not enjoy the strong employee protection based on the Labor Law. Directors are therefore advised to carefully draft their service agreements to ensure sufficient protection. In this column we will explain the exact status of a director in Indonesia.

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  • Slowing Economy of Indonesia: Rising Youth Unemployment

    Slowing Economy of Indonesia: Rising Youth Unemployment

    Hariyadi Sukamdani, Chairman of the Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo), expressed his concern about unemployment in Indonesia, particularly unemployment among the younger generation of Indonesians (aged between 15 and 29). Amid slowing economic growth over the past six years, various industries have been cutting employment. With roughly half of the total population below 30 years of age, Indonesia’s demographic bonus can turn into disaster if this potential workforce fails to obtain employment opportunities.

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