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Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko Widodo officially issued Government Regulation (PP) No. 34/2021 regarding the use of foreign labourers (TKA).
The policy is an economic framework built by the government so that Indonesia can reap the rewards of technological advancements and skilled human resources.
The PP itself aims to improve the quality of human resources (HR) by forcing foreign workers to transfer technology and skills to native Indonesian workers.
Secretary General of the Pan-Indonesian Workers’ Organization (OPSI) Timboel Siregar said on February 22 that in its implementation, this target will meet the needs of investor companies in hiring foreign workers.
In line with the flow of investment, which should increase in the coming years with the presence of Law No. 11/2020 regarding job creation, the number of foreign workers is also forecast to rise.
Timboel explained that the number of foreign workers in Indonesia currently stands at nearly 100,000 people. This figure, he continued, has fluctuated between 90,000 and 120,000 over the past 5 years.
Bebore the reform, Timboel said, the number of foreign workers in Indonesia was still 50,000,mainly from Singapore and Malaysia.
According to his calculations, the number of guest workers in the country could increase by 50 percent, from nearly 100,000 to 150,000 by 2025.