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INDONESIA: New Regulation on Job Titles for Foreign Workers

, 09/10/2019

Effective immediately, the Ministry of Manpower has issued a regulation specifying more than 2200 permitted job titles in 18 sectors for foreign workers in Indonesia (Decree No. 228 of 2019).

Previously, foreign worker job titles were regulated in a large number of sector-specific regulations, which have now been revoked.

The new regulation allows the Ministry of Manpower to grant exemptions on a case-by-case bases for job titles that are not mentioned in the new regulation. Under the previous regulations such exemption was also granted in some of the regulations, while in others such exemption was not mentioned.

The new regulation also sets specific requirements for a small number of sectors. For example, directorial and senior positions in the extractive industries require an expatriate to have between 8 and 15 years’ work experience.