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Do you wish to work in Indonesia? Find out in this article how to proceed as finding a job there can be difficult.

Expatriates worldwide dream of living in Indonesia. While some of them have already retired, others may be keen about finding a job there. Indonesia definitely attracts young professionals in search of challenging opportunities in an exotic setting along with different lifestyles. However, it can be quite difficult for them to find a job there. Therefore, advance research and planning is highly advised.

Find a job

Unlike in many countries, your job search will probably not start in local newspapers. In fact, there are many other solutions but you will have to be patient and determined.

First of all, you could request a foreign transfer from your employer if your company has a subsidiary in Indonesia. This can greatly facilitate related procedures. Otherwise, networking can be an interesting search tool.

Thanks to the Internet, you can not only view job offers on specialized websites but also seek advice from locals and expatriates in Indonesia through forums. You can also inquire on big companies operating throughout the country and send them spontaneous job applications. Moreover, word-of-mouth may help if you have friends and contacts in Indonesia.

Otherwise, you can travel to Indonesia if you have the means so as to contact personally the country's major companies. Sectors which are quite open to foreign expertise are the following: services, food, health care and tourism. Note that some companies which are based in other Asian countries such as Singapore and Hong Kong also offer jobs in Indonesia.

Finally, you may seek the help of a recruitment agency in the region where you want to settle. You are likely to find many in Jakarta for instance.

Labor conditions

You must, above all, have a sponsor to be able to work in Indonesia. The latter will issue a letter indicating all information regarding the job offer and related conditions. The company may also take care of procedures regarding obtaining a work visa on your behalf as these may be quite complex.

Applying for a work visa

You can also apply for the work visa if you are not yet in Indonesia. You can do so at the Indonesian embassy or consulate in your home country once you have received your sponsorship letter. You will then obtain a KITAS which is a resident permit with a one-year validity period. This visa can be renewed four times. Fees and an annual tax apply. The KITAS can be converted into a KITAP, that is a five year duration resident permit, later on.

 Important:

If you have traveled to Indonesia with a tourist visa, you will have to leave the country so as to make necessary arrangement. Most expats prefer to travel to Singapore, in the meantime, and go back to Indonesia once the visa has been issued.

Labor conditions

You had better be aware of Indonesian labor conditions before you actually join the labor force.

There are two types of labor contracts in Indonesia and these include the following schedules:

  • 40 hours per week, that is 8 office hours daily, 5 working week days half an hour lunch break per day after 4 working hours
  • 40 hours per week, that is 7 office hours daily and 6 working days a week half an hour lunch break after 4 working hours.

As regards holidays, you will be entitled to a yearly 12 days leave. Only once you have completed 6 years, you will be eligible to a 2 months paid leave which applies to the next two years.

Social security contributions vary between 7.24% and 11.74% for the employer and 2% for the employee.

Finally, every employee is eligible to a social insurance which covers work accidents, illness, death and old age.

 Useful links:

Expat.com - Jobs in Indonesia
Monster Indonesia www.monster.co.id
Linked In www.linkedin.com
Best Jobs Indonesia www.bestjobsindonesia.com
Companylist companylist.org
Info Mine www.infomine.com
Job Street job-search.jobstreet.co.id
Indeed id.indeed.com

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last year

Hi EB team, You made a great job again by providing the "Indonesian Guide". Still there are a some points which need to be adjusted. Getting a work visa is not that simple at all as you said below, it's much more complex: Applying for a work visa You can also apply for the work visa if you are not yet in Indonesia. You can do so at the Indonesian embassy or consulate in your home country once you have received your sponsorship letter. "The individual can not apply for a work visa at the Indonesian embassy or consulate. It is the sponsoring company in Indonesia which need to apply the work permit (IMTA) at the Manpower Department. If the RPTKA is approved and the TA01 granted, a telex visa (pre-approval) will be send to the embassy or consulate overseas. The applicant get the stamp and can enter Indonesia and then the process of the KITAS (limited stay permit) will continue" You will then obtain a KITAS which is a resident permit with a one-year validity period. This visa can be renewed four times. Fees and an annual tax apply. "The USD 1.200 DPKK payment must be paid by the company before" The KITAS can be converted into a KITAP, that is a five year duration resident permit, later on. "A KITAS can not be automatically converted into a KITAP after 5 years. If one has a working KITAS it very much depends what position / title the person is holding in the company. As a shareholder or director of the company there might be a possibility as long enough capital in the company available. The work permit belongs to the company and not to the individual and one can only work for this one company. Saying so, because many people still believe that holding a working KITAS allows them to have a job on side." It is different if someone is holding a KITAS sponsored by the spouse, then this person can apply for a Kitap after 2 years of marriage."

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Medan, which is Indonesia's fourth biggest city, hosts many international companies which are likely to recruit skilled expatriates.
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