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Jakarta Post

Even unicorns in Indonesia face talent shortfalls

  • Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 12, 2019   /  07:01 am
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When Bima Tjahja was appointed associate vice president of data at the Bukalapak e-marketplace in January, he was surprised to discover how difficult it was to find digital talents in Indonesia. The young man had worked a similar job for four years at Commonwealth Bank in Sydney, Australia, where he could get such talents “quite easily”, before moving to Indonesia earlier this year. “[Indonesia is] actually in a shortage,” he said during a recent discussion in Jakarta about artificial intelligence (AI) and employment. “It’s very hard to find people who, for instance, have a history in applying machine learning or in handling big data.” He pointed out that a shortage was particularly concerning as Indonesia’s tech industry was “in need of the most digital talent in its history”. Demand for such talent, which includes ...