Nowadays, Indonesia has become well known as one of the largest economy and emerging markets in the world. It has also transformed into a destination with increasingly attractive options for locals to work in a different city, and for foreigners to work in a different country.
As a company that expands and requires more talents and labours, an employer has two options when it comes to staffing their operations in Indonesia:
With that being said, hiring in Indonesia must adapt to the country’s human resource regulations and labour laws. Noticeably, employers will have to face legal repercussions if they violate these laws.
As an employer in Indonesia, here in this article is what you need to know about the hiring of foreign workers or locals in Indonesia.
When companies expand into the international scene, one of the critical components of success is the employee’s knowledge. Therefore, by hiring foreign workers, a company will be able to gain more know-how that is currently lacking. This foreign hire will usually carry a deep understanding of particular skills, products, systems, and policies.
Just like every other country in the world, foreign employees must comply with the latest immigration laws in Indonesia.
As of September 2018, these laws include the Presidential Regulation Number 20 Year 2018 concerning Foreign Worker (TKA) that took effect on June 29, 2018 (PP20), and the Regulation of Ministry of Manpower Number 10 Year 2018 concerning Procedure on Usage of Foreign Worker that took effect on July 11, 2018 (RM10). Both of these regulations are complex, and there might be some changes from time to time.
You are advised to get in touch with Cekindo’s consultants to know more details.
The regulations from the Ministry of Manpower in Indonesia states that only the following organisations or institution can employ foreign workers:
Employers are required to proceed with the following steps in order to employ foreign workers:
According to The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) Regulation No. 8/2021 concerning The Employment of Foreign Workers, the RPTKA approval is no longer required for foreign directors and commissioners with a certain ownership of shares in the company.
The RPTKA Approval is also exempted for foreigners who are engaged in diplomatic and consular activities, hired by a local employer for emergency activities, as well as vocational activities for Indonesian tech-based startups.
However, it is also worth noting that this exemption for startups only lasts for three months, after which the company must apply for the RPTKA Approval.
Foreign workers are considered as individual taxpayers when they reside in Indonesia for more than 183 days within a consecutive 12 months. Hence, foreign taxpayers are required to register for NPWP (Taxpayer Identification Number) at the tax service office.
The progressive tax rates for a foreign resident individual taxpayer in Indonesia based on the yearly earnings:
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) Regulation No. 8/2021 aims to simplify foreign worker’s permit as well as their work visa. The implementation of this new regulation ensures a more efficient and faster process for companies.
A foreign worker is eligible for a work visa from one month to 2 years, and this visa is extendable and must be sponsored by his/her employer based on the foreigner’s position and market sector.
However, according to the Minister of Manpower Decree No. 349/2019, foreigners are not eligible to work and obtain a work permit for the following positions:
The different work permits are urgent or emergency work permit (1-month validity), temporary work permit (2-6 months), and long term work permit (7 to 12 months).
Just like not registering as a taxpayer in Indonesia, foreigners not securing a work permit are said to break the Indonesian Law – and a subject to a considerable fine of IDR 500 million or/and 5 years of imprisonment.
Cekindo always encourages companies in Indonesia to consult an agency for the most updated immigration law.
Are you aware that Indonesia has opened more positions that can be taken up by foreign workers? Check out the latest update in September 2019 regarding New Positions for Foreign Workers in Indonesia
It is no secret that local talents are now increasing substantially due to Indonesia’s large population and exploding young demographics. There is potential to be explored in domestic workers, and thus raise a company’s profits with the right recruitment strategy.
To reap the benefits, it is crucial for companies to hire Indonesian nationals who are familiar with local customs, ways of doing businesses, conventions, as well as local cultures.
Besides, hiring local workers in Indonesia helps international companies to penetrate the Indonesian market more efficiently.
The process of hiring new local employees can be time-consuming and expensive – given that the local talent market is vast and companies are expected to receive a lot of applications just from the locals alone. And making a bad hiring decision will cost your company even more.
It is important for companies to do their due diligence towards hiring the right local talents. Here are some of the basis for a company’s due diligence:
These checks are significantly more important for professional positions in order to verify the factual information on the resume. Always keep a due diligence checklist to ensure successful hiring.
When there are so many applicants for several positions, the whole recruitment process can be time-consuming. When the person in charge of hiring is too pressed for time or lack of experience, the hiring decision can sometimes be taken lightly.
In a worse scenario, this could even mean neglecting an employee’s usual job that might be important to increase the company’s bottom line.
By outsourcing your recruitment process to a reliable consultant, a company can have its focus on the core business activities, improve the quality of hires, reduce costs, keep up with the recruitment needs and demands, and reduce turnover rate.
These benefits can be so significant in a country like Indonesia with immense local labour and talent pool, vast job and business opportunities.
For any information regarding recruitment, due diligence, tax or work permits in Indonesia, Cekindo is entirely at your service. Contact us now and get the latest information with a free quotation on your business. We will help you to decide whether hiring foreign workers or local talents will comply with your business strategies.