Indonesia, the largest economy in Southeast Asia, is still lacking skilled workers, particularly in the IT sectors compared to other ASEAN countries, an executive says.
PT. IBM Indonesia's country manager for global business services, Widita P. Sardjono, told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday that while the quality of Indonesian IT workers was unquestionable, Indonesia was still lacking in terms of the numbers.
"We are still lacking in terms of the so-called [skilled IT] workers compared to Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore," he said on the sidelines of a memorandum of understanding signing ceremony between the IT company and Indonesia's Bina Nusantara University in Jakarta.
The new agreement stipulates that PT IBM Indonesia will provide new human capital management software which will allow the university’s employees to have personal online administration.
Widita added that based on government data, only about 2 percent of the country’s 240 million population have attended university.
"Furthermore, 30 percent of Indonesians who went to university are still unemployed. I think that is why IT companies must collaborate with many universities to increase the quantity of skilled alumni," he said.
Earlier this year, National Development Planning Minister Armida Alisjahbana said that the government aimed to cut the current unemployment rate of 6.56 percent to 5-6 percent in 2014 and to create 3-4 million new job opportunities per year by 2025.
The national unemployment rate decreased from 7.14 percent in 2010 to 6.56 percent in 2011, and the unemployment rate among those aged15-24 fell from 6.8 million in 2005 to 4.2 million in 2011.
Meanwhile, Bina Nusantara University's managing director, Stephen W. Santoso, told The Jakarta Post that in the past two years, approximately 20 percent of the university's 10,000 graduates have been accepted to global IT enterprises or work as entrepreneurs.
The university, which, according to Stephen, graduates 5,000 students per year, is hoping to increase the percentage of alumni who work in global IT enterprises from 20 percent to 33 percent by 2014.
"We hope that by 2014, at least 1 out of 3 of our alumni is working, or has worked for, multinational corporations in the IT sectors," said Stephen.
In the past five years, he said, around 80 percent of the 25,000 alumni of Bina Nusantara university have either been employed, started their own business or are continuing their studies. (asa/iwa)