The jobs that are the most in-demand for expats in Indonesia


We invite you to share some information regarding the job market for expats in Indonesia. This information will be incredibly helpful to anyone considering moving there, so we're very grateful for your contribution.

What are the types of jobs that are easily accessible to expats in Indonesia?

What are the ones most in-demand for expats?

Which industry and/or jobs have limited workforce?

Are there any existing surveys, data, or reports done regarding this topic?

Thank you for sharing your experience.


The first point to note is how difficult it can be to get legal work here.
The basic rule of thumb is, if a local can do the job, a foreigner can't get a work permit to do it.

while it is the solution for an expatriate to find work. and especially that she works pays well?

Many employers are struggling to find good expats who meet the legal requirement as so demanded by the government and a lower salary and benefits package compared to other Asian countries yet still demand the same level of quality as the higher paying countries.
Indonesia is not somewhere that springs to mind when asked where would you like to live or work as it is over shadowed by Thailand, China and South Korea.

Indonesia seems to be pulling at the middle East market over a western one which is fine if that's it's key market yet it still demands westerners to fill some gaps.

I am looking for a English teaching job in Jakarta, I have a 4 year college degree and just got my TEFL certificate. The reason being I am married to an Indonesian citizen and we are expecting our first child. I was in Indonesia from Sept to Jan but returned to the US to take care of some business, I will be returning to Jakarta next month and hope to have something set up when I return.

Hi Priscilla,

The Indonesian government doesn't really want any foreigners to come to their country to work as they feel it is taking jobs away fro their own people.

Through the last 30 or 40 years I've seen them occasionally attempt to kick out all foreigners, but only changing their minds when they realize that Indonesians are sometimes incapable of doing certain jobs. Oil and gas exploration is one area where they've tried and failed several times.

Hi Frank, hope you can find your English teaching job over here. English teaching jobs is one of the few areas where the government allows foreigners to come here and work.

Thank you, I think I will be able to find something, many english teachers are needed here.

I'm  experienced in the hotel industry  my experiences range from Guest services to executive housekeeping manager , I'm looking to move to Bali and work but I have no idea where to begin looking for work

Im looking for internship for my wife in guest relations/front office department in Bali preferred in Ubud area since I've been here for almost 2 yes now. Finding a job in this field is very difficult since its for locals only so internship will be fine with less pay so we can attest live together. All the help will be appreciated.

rahulmehra1988 :

Im looking for internship for my wife in guest relations/front office department in Bali

All but impossible to do legally.

Indonesia is a pensioners paradise  for workers a survival game.
He he.... I've learned that very quickly

The country has a very strong protectionism policy which holds the country back and allows the rich to get richer by whatever means without accountability. Opening the country to up to allowing foreigners to work here other than English teachers, allowing investment without demanding ridiculous amounts would push this country forward and end a lot of what goes on behind. Many powerful people do not want this. Hence, the most common job is English teaching, yest still the majority of Indonesians cannot speak much English.

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