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It is rarely easy to find a job abroad. But what about Java, which is one of Indonesia's major islands? Find out in this article.

According to latest figures, 60% of the Indonesian population lives in Java. In fact, some 137 million inhabitants actually live in Java, including around 10 million people in Jakarta only. Hence, Java is one of the country's most dynamic and prosperous regions, attracting thousands of foreign professionals every year. If you are one of them, you are advised to inquire on its economy and labor market beforehand so as to determine if your profile matches local requirements.

Economy

Java is undoubtedly Indonesia's main economic hub. Its reputation is confirmed by latest figures published by the Badan Pusat Statistik. According to these, Java has made a 57.51% contribution to the country's economy, representing some 504 billion US dollars in 2012.

The island's economy is based on several fields, namely business, services, trade, textile, industry etc. Industry is particularly prosperous in Bandung, which is found on the North coast, as well as in Karawang, Tangerang, Cilegon, Gresik, Sidoarjo and Bekasi. Moreover, many job prospects are available the Surabaya, Jakarta, Semarang, etc.

Cirebon and Yogyakarta, for their part, are more focused on tourism, art and culture while Surakarta's economic activities mainly revolve around teak furniture production and crafts.

Find a job

If the company for which you are currently working has a branch in Indonesia, you could request for a transfer. This will greatly facilitate your work visa and accommodation procedures. Moreover, Java hosts subsidiaries of many international companies such as Intel Corporation, Hyatt, Axa, Vodafone UK, etc. You can inquire about these companies and send them spontaneous job applications.

You can also view job offers on the Internet and participate on online Indonesian forums. Locals or expatriates who are already on the spot may answer to your queries.

Moreover, networking and word-of-mouth will also be useful tools during your job search in Java.

 Useful links:

Expat.com - Jobs in Java 
Glassdoor www.glassdoor.com
Monster Indonesia www.monster.co.id
Indonesia Job www.indonesiajob.com
Workaway www.workaway.info
ESLEmployment www.eslemployment.com
Tip Top Jobs www.tiptopjob.com
EastJava www.eastjava.com

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