Sat, 04 Apr 2009
Government Worried that Economic Crisis will Bring Flood of Foreigners Looking for Work.

(4/4/2009) The Department of Manpower and Transmigration (Depnakertrans) will tighten permission for foreign workers in anticipation of a coming wave of foreigners traveling to Indonesia, seeking work during the current economic crisis.

The Minister of Manpower and Transmigration, Erman Suparno, told Bisnis Indonesia that closer scrutiny of foreign workers is a necessity to preserve local job opportunities, particularly in management positions.

Erman told the press that Indonesia has always kept a watchful eye over foreign workers via coordination between the Department of Trade, the Investment Coordinating Board and the Department of Industry. He also reminded that all foreign workers in Indonesia must obtain a working permit from his department before commencing any employment.

The Minister said that foreigner can only hold "non-strategic" positions while they train Indonesians to eventually assume those posts. Meanwhile, strategic positions must always be held by Indonesians.

Data from the Department of Manpower through the end of 2008 show 85,453 registered foreign workers in Indonesia, an increase of 11.4% over the totals recorded in 2007.


Sun, 05 Apr 2009
From: JakChat
Comment by Dontpanic
They still seem to believe that these nasty foreign Companies will employ expats at multiples of the cost, even though suitably qualified locals are available?


Sun, 05 Apr 2009
From: JakChat
Comment by KuKuKaChu
that attitude has always amazed me. what company would be stupid enough to employ a foreigner, when they could get an equivalent qualified indonesian to do the same job for 2,3,5,10 times less cost?


Sun, 05 Apr 2009
From: JakChat
Comment by Dontpanic
Ah yes, but that would be applying common sense and logic?

There is still a need to apply a large dose of BS and Xenophobia so as to pass political scrutiny. And you should realise by now, Indonesia is special!!



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