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Jakarta Post

Inclusive hiring, reskilling for digital talent shortage

  • Raisa Nabila


Jakarta   /   Mon, July 8, 2019   /  02:44 pm
Inclusive hiring, reskilling for digital talent shortage Illustration of tech company. (Shutterstock/Yulia Grigoryeva)

According to a 2018 McKinsey report, Indonesia’s emerging digital economy is expected to create 3.7 million additional jobs by 2025, but what kinds of jobs and for who? During my past five years working in the digital industry, my experience has taught me one thing: The digital economy has the ability to create high-quality jobs, but only a few people have access to them. As we see significant waves of workers pursuing on-demand, low-skilled jobs such as app-based ojek (motorcycle taxi) driver, there has not been any significant change in terms of who benefits from high-skill, high-education jobs such as programming. A quick look at the employee demography of the four Indonesian unicorns (Go-Jek, Bukalapak, Traveloka and Tokopedia) shows that 40 percent of their white-collar positions are filled by graduates from three universities: University of Indonesia (UI), the Bandung I...

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