employment in semarang

Everything You Need to Know about Hiring a Worker in Semarang

  • InCorp Editorial Team
  • 30 April 2019
  • 4 minute reading time

Semarang has surprised many people, particularly foreigners in more ways than one with its promising, unassuming charm. For over centuries, Semarang has been the center of attention of trade in Indonesia and an appealing destination for people from all over the world with different backgrounds.

There is a wide variety of opportunities the city has, thanks to the government and its people’s new resilience in building initiatives to make the city a heaven for investments.

The favourable demographics of working population, low costs, increased foreign investments and local support from different authorities have welcomed the participation from a broad range of stakeholders.

In the last couple of years, many foreign companies have expanded their businesses to Semarang with an increased demand for hiring. If you’re one of those who is ready to do so, read on and we will tell you everything you need to know about hiring a worker in Semarang.

Recruitment in Semarang: Employment Contract

An employment contract in Semarang is crucial for both employees and employers. It is a mutually agreed document that determines the responsibilities, duties and rights of both parties.

Generally, employment contracts can vary in Semarang, depending on the employee’s job functions and the type of employee the company hires. Under the Manpower Law of Indonesia, two main types of employment contracts generally used in Semarang are Permanent Employment Contract and Temporary Employment Contract.

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Permanent Employment Contract

Most people recognise this as the most common type of employment contract in Semarang. A permanent employment contract basically often offers employees job positions that are permanent.

There is a consensus of fixed amount salary or wage paid by hourly, weekly, or monthly. A 3-month probation period is often seen under this contract as well.

After the probation period, the employee will become an official permanent or full-time employee with employment law protection.

Once an employee is confirmed as a permanent worker, the termination process of an employee in Semarang will become more complex under the employment law, as compared to workers with temporary status.

Temporary Employment Contract

A temporary employment contract is used for workers that are not permanent employees of an organisation. These workers have a contract with their employers that only lasts for a fixed period of time – normally no more than 2 years.

This type of contract is extendable for only once for a 12-month period.

For short-term or seasonal projects that usually last less than three years, a temporary employment contract is more practical and used by employers especially with projects of new product development and experiments.

Under a temporary employment contract, if the termination of an employee is inevitable, the complications to terminate an employee are significantly much fewer.

Minimum Wage in Semarang

There are regional differences for the minimum wage in Semarang according to the variation of development and cost of living in the city. As of 2019, the minimum wage differences in major areas of Semarang are listed below:

  • Kota Semarang: IDR 2,498,587.53
  • Kabupaten Demak: IDR 2,240,000.00
  • Kabupaten Kendal: IDR 2,084,393.48
  • Kabupaten Semarang: IDR 2,055,000.00
  • Kota Salatiga: IDR 1,875,325.24
  • Kabupaten Grobogan: IDR 1,685,500.00

Overtime Pay in Semarang

Similar to many other countries around the world, the minimum wage calculation in Semarang is based on the 40-hour work week. A 40-hour work week can be regarded in two ways:

  • 5 work days a week: 8 hours/day
  • 6 work days a week: 7 hours/day (more or less)


Any working hours that occur during the public holidays are considered as overtime under the labour law and the calculation is more complex. It is best to consult a payroll expert to ensure compliance.


Religious Holiday Allowance (Tunjangan Hari Raya)

Abbreviated as THR, the religious holiday allowance is an extra income that is separated from an employee’s salaries and/or wages. THR is given from employers to employees before religious holidays such as Eid al-Fitr, Chinese New Year, Christmas Day, Waisak, or Day of Silence.

How Cekindo can Help with Recruitment in Semarang

One thing you need to take note is that it is normal to see changes in regulations related to employment and recruitment in Semarang.

Thus, it is recommended to seek advice from Cekindo. Talk to our legal consultants first before employing a worker in Semarang. Our team can help you with recruitment process, legal check of employment contract in Semarang, as well as personal background check on employees.

Pandu Biasramadhan

Senior Consulting Manager at InCorp Indonesia

An expert for more than 10 years, Pandu Biasramadhan, has an extensive background in providing top-quality and comprehensive business solutions for enterprises in Indonesia and managing regional partnership channels across Southeast Asia.

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According to the Indonesia’s Manpower Law employers can hire the Indonesian talents either under a temporary or a permanent contract.

  • Prohibit any form of discrimination and provide equal opportunity for Indonesians and expatriates
  • Increase the competence of the workers by giving or encouraging job training
  • Follow the procedures of termination (Terminating an employee in Indonesia can be a long, tedious, and expensive process.)
  • Observe the working hours, holidays, and overtime regulations
  • Give mandatory employee benefits including social security and health insurance
  • Withhold only the right amount of income tax on behalf of the employees
  • Follow the wages and other benefits outlined by the law
  • Process the work permits for foreign employees

Cost reduction, hiring time reduction, hire quality are among the most noteworthy benefits your company can enjoy.

Even though building an internal recruitment team sounds appeal, later on you will learn how overwhelming the recruitment and human resources tasks really are. Interview, payroll, tax and these are just some. Not to mention, an internal recruitment team needs to keep up with the latest changes in regulations that may happen regularly.