TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Director General of Manpower Placement Development and Expansion of Employment Opportunities of the Ministry of Manpower Maruli Apul Hasoloan said the number of Foreign Workers (TKA) up to December 31, 2018, was 95,335 people. He stated that the number was small compared to the number of Indonesians, which is around 250 million.
"These foreign workers also come and go, so they don't stay here. Most of them are here only a few months, at the most, only two years," Maruli saidat the Ministry of Manpower in Jakarta, recently.
The number of foreign workers in 2018 did increase compared to 2017, which amounted to 85,974, according to Maruli. It happened because investment in other countries in Indonesia was increasing.
Of these, the number of foreign workers who mostly came to Indonesia was from China (32,000), Japan (13,897), Korea (9,686), India (6,895) and Malaysia (4,667). The positions that can be filled by foreign workers are only certain positions, so Maruli said there are no unskilled laborers among the foreign workers, this limitation is one of the efforts to protect Indonesian workers.
"Even if there is, it must be seen as a rare case. We will impose sanctions," he said.
Of the 95,335 foreign workers working in Indonesia, there were 30,626 professional foreign workers, 21,237 managers, 30,708 consultants and directors. At present, the Ministry of Manpower is also focusing on increasing the capacity of Indonesian workers to compete with foreign workers through vocational programs.