Indonesia pushes for more transparency around job availability 

Companies have been urged to voluntarily send information regarding unfilled job positions to a new initiative set up by the government.
By: | July 6, 2023

Companies operating in Indonesia may need to send regular updates regarding job vacancies to the government, said Aris Wahyudi, Acting Head of the Employment Planning and Development Agency of the Manpower Ministry in Indonesia. 

In a discussion focused on environmental, social and governance (ESG) implementation, Wahyudi explained that the logistic challenge of collecting data on job vacancies in companies was the impetus for the creation of the online-based Company Employment Mandatory Report (WLKP), which companies need to report to no later than 30 days after being established or-activated or no later than 30 days before domiciles are changed or the company dissolved.

According to Wahyudi, the Manpower Ministry has developed a job market centre to support the provision of information collected from these companies regarding the job positions available, as well as people seeking employment.  

“We encourage to no longer use manual job matching but develop an artificial intelligence-based job matching platform. The challenge is how to bring them together to enter the system so that we get workforces according to informed needs,” he added. 

The number of openly unemployed people in Indonesia reached 7.9 million in early 2023, based on information released from Statistics Indonesia (BPS). This does not include the annual number of three million graduates from educational and training institutions who enter the job market. The government is looking to reduce the gap between the number of positions available to the number of candidates so that the rate of unemployment would decrease. 

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One of the biggest causes of unemployment in Indonesia, Wahyudi cited, is because of educational institutes not providing the curriculum to prospective employees that matches the skillsets required by employers.

“When the job positions have become saturated, being brave to change majors and change faculties is a must,” he said, reported Antara News.