Work in Bali


Bali is above all a tourist region. But what about its labor market? Find out in this article.

Bali is one of Indonesia's 13,466 islands, located near Java and Lombok. Stretching over some 5,367 km2, Bali has a population of some 4 million inhabitants. It is definitely one of the country's most important regions, attracting thousands of expatriates from across the globe every year. In fact, tourism seems to be Bali's main economic pillar as most of its population earn their living thanks to related activities.

On the other hand, agriculture, rice and coffee production in particular, as well as crafts and fishing also contribute to the Balinese economy.

Labor market

Bali's labor market is quite open to foreign expertise. In general, expatriates are likely to be hired in the following fields: tourism and hospitality, textile, teaching, restaurants. However, it is quite rare to see an expatriate working in Bali. In fact, if you have chosen to work there, you should be ready to accept lower wages than you could have earned in many other countries. An Indonesian executive, for instance, is likely to earn some 300 euros monthly.

Moreover, you should be aware of local customs and lifestyles, have a good command of English and have a work permit to be able to work in Bali. Note that annual taxes apply to the work permit.

In short, to work in Bali, you should both be ready to accept lower wages and have the skills which are not available locally, freshly graduated marketing specialists for instance.

Find a job

There are various ways to find a job in Bali, but these might not always be easy. The best solution is to request a transfer to Bali from your employer if the country has a subsidiary in Indonesia. Otherwise, you can inquire on big firms operating in the region and send them spontaneous job applications.

You may also view job offers on the Internet and check online forums regarding working in Bali to have a better idea of the local labor market, as well as local English newspapers.

If you have friends and contacts in Bali, networking and word-of-mouth will be another helpful tool.

 Useful links: - Jobs in Bali - Bali Forum 
Jobstreet Indonesia
Best Jobs Indonesia
Bali Advertiser
The Bali Times

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Java is deemed to be Indonesia's most densely populated island. Hence, finding a job there as an expatriate can be a bit difficult.
Medan, which is Indonesia's fourth biggest city, hosts many international companies which are likely to recruit skilled expatriates.
Every year, Jakarta, Indonesia's capital city, attracts thousands of foreigners looking for new career prospects in an exotic setting.
Professional expatriation to Indonesia is not restricted to Jakarta, the capital city. You can also turn to Surabaya which is the second largest city.
Apart from visiting or settling in Indonesia, many foreigners also want to work there. This can be quite complicated so you need appropriate planning.

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