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  • Despite Poverty Reduction in Indonesia, Gap between Rich and Poor Widens

    The World Bank said that the widening of income distribution inequality in Indonesia grew at the second fastest pace among Asian countries in the past two decades. Based on the World Bank’s Indonesia Economic Quarterly (IEQ) report, Indonesia recorded the second fastest Gini coefficient increase after China. In the period 1990-2011, the Gini coefficient of Indonesia rose by an average of 0.5 percentage point per year. This is a serious matter as social cohesion and economic growth can be jeopardized by increased inequality within Indonesian society.

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  • Latest News Update: Boat Carrying Indonesians Sinks off Coast Malaysia

    On Thursday (19/06), Malaysian rescuers intensified the search for 26 missing Indonesians after their wooden boat had capsized during a storm on Wednesday (18/06) while making the journey from Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) to Indonesia (Aceh, Sumatra). Nine people have died, while 26 persons remain missing. At least 62 people have survived the disaster. Reportedly, the boat, carrying mostly illegal Indonesian workers who returned to Indonesia to participate in the Ramadan and Idul Fitri festivities, was overloaded.

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  • Unemployment in Indonesia Declines to 5.70% of the Total Labor Force

    On Monday (05/05), Statistics Indonesia announced that unemployment in Indonesia declined to 5.70 percent (of the total labor force) in February 2014, equivalent to 7.2 million people in absolute terms. Compared to August 2013 (when Indonesia's unemployment rate was 6.17 percent), this constitutes a marked improvement. However, growth was limited compared to February 2013 (when unemployment was 5.82 percent), Data on Indonesia's (un)employment are released twice per year, covering conditions in the months February and August.

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  • Gini Ratio of Indonesia May Improve in 2014 on Stable Commodity Prices

    Gini Ratio of Indonesia May Improve in 2014 on Stable Commodity Prices

    The Gini ratio of Indonesia - the coefficient that measures inequality in income distribution - is expected to improve slightly this year as commodity prices have a stable outlook. Based on data from Statistics Indonesia, the ratio increased significantly since the country's Reformasi period. Between 1999 and 2013, it rose from 0.31 percent to 0.41 percent (a coefficient of zero expresses perfect equality, while one implies perfect inequality). In the last three years (2011- 2013), however, the ratio remained stable at 0.41 percent.

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  • Expatriates in Indonesia: Number of Foreign Workers is Declining

    Expatriates in Indonesia: Number of Foreign Workers is Declining

    The number of expatriates working in Indonesia has declined in the last three years. Based on data from the Ministry of Manpower & Transmigration there were 68,957 expatriates working in Indonesia in 2013, a 4.8 percent decline from 2012. The main reason for this falling number is tighter government policy. Minister Muhaimin Iskandar stated that curtailing the influx of expats is one way of developing the country's human resources. Only when a foreigner has such exceptional qualities - not easily found in Indonesia - should he/she work in Indonesia.

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  • Tourism in Indonesia is Growing but Infrastructure Investments Needed

    Tourism in Indonesia is Growing but Infrastructure Investments Needed

    In 2013 Indonesia managed to attract a record number of foreign tourists. Around 8.8 million foreigners entered Indonesia - mostly in Bali - last year, a 9.42 percent increase from 2012, and earning up to USD $10.05 billion in foreign exchange (up 10.23 percent from 2012). Indonesia's tourism sector thus grew at a faster pace in 2013 than the general economy (5.78 percent) and now accounts for 3.8 percent (IDR 347.35 trillion) of the country's gross domestic product (GDP). However, this is still a low figure compared to its regional peers.

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  • Central Bank Survey Indicates Rising Consumer Confidence in Indonesia

    Central Bank Survey Indicates Rising Consumer Confidence in Indonesia

    Indonesians' consumer confidence has increased in January 2014 according to the latest survey conducted by Indonesia's central bank (Bank Indonesia). The outcome of the survey indicated a rise of Indonesia's Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) from 116.5 in December 2013 to 116.7 in January 2014¹. This index illustrates consumer perceptions of current economic conditions compared to conditions in the previous six months as well as the expectations of Indonesian consumers for economic conditions in the next six months.

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  • Higher Gini Ratio Shows Indonesia's Widening Income Distribution Inequality

    Higher Gini Ratio Shows Indonesia's Widening Income Distribution Inequality

    The Indonesian government should take more action to reverse the country's widening income distribution inequality. Indonesia's Gini ratio, the coefficient that measures inequality among income distribution, has risen in 2013 according to economist Lana Soelistianingsih. The Gini coefficient rose from 0.37 in 2012 to 0.41 in 2013 (a coefficient of zero expresses perfect equality, while one implies maximal inequality). The growth not only shows that the Indonesian government fails to tackle this problem but also implies social risks.

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  • Indonesia's Unemployment Rate Expected to Fall to 6.03% in 2014

    Indonesia's Unemployment Rate Expected to Fall to 6.03% in 2014

    The unemployment rate of Indonesia is forecast to ease to 6.03 percent (7.24 million people) in 2014 from 6.25 percent (7.39 million people) in August 2013. The Indonesian government expects a reduction in the unemployment rate as the country's economic growth is assumed to grow strongly and thus will provide more job opportunities for Indonesians next year. Various institutions, including the IMF, World Bank and the Indonesian government, expect Indonesia's GDP growth in 2014 to range between 5.3 and 6.0 percent.

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  • Indonesia's Household Consumption and Optimism Up in November 2013

    Household consumption in Indonesia has improved in November 2013 according to Bank Indonesia's Consumer Survey. The central bank's Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) rose 4.8 points to 114.3 points. This improvement is attributable to increased available job opportunities and increased purchases of durable goods ahead of Christmas 2013 and New Year. Lastly, Indonesian consumers are more positive about Indonesia's economic condition in the coming six months.

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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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