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Jakarta Post

Govt looks to private employees to fill public jobs after 90% of applicants fail basic test

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, November 18, 2018   /   11:21 am
Govt looks to private employees to fill public jobs after 90% of applicants fail basic test Job seekers wait for their turn to get a police letter that shows they have no criminal record, which is required to apply for civil-service jobs, in Bogor, West Java, on Friday. (Antara/Yulius Satria Wijaya)

The government is planning to recruit private employees for civil-servant positions starting next year in a bid to create a “competitive bureaucracy".

Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Minister Syafruddin said private employees could fill the lower-level echelon I and echelon II posts and should have the skills that civil servants do not have.

“It will be for next year, not this year,” Syafruddin said as quoted by

State Administration Agency (LAN) deputy for policy review Muhammad Taufiq said the recruitment would involve contract-based government employees.

“We’ll recruit the employees with the best talents. [The positions] that cannot be filled by the internal employees [civil servants] can be for the external [private employees],” Taufiq.

The plan to headhunt civil servants from private companies came amid news about a low passing rate among civil-servant applicants in a basic skills test.

Previously, the National Civil Service Agency (BKN) revealed that, as of last week, from the test results of 60 percent of the total applicants who sat the test, only 10 percent passed.

“This situation is worrying because the number of applicants who passed the test is very low,” BKN deputy for the civil information system Irwan Hermanto said as quoted by

At the national level, which covers ministries and non-ministerial government institutions, around 12.09 percent of positions might remain vacant, according to the agency. The highest rate of vacant positions for jobs at regional administration offices is in eastern Indonesia at 90.59 percent. 

Last month, about 4 million people applied for civil-service jobs and about 1.7 million people were approved at the administrative level to sit the basic skills test. (foy)