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Bali: Welcoming to Foreigners Who Don’t Work

Number of Registered Foreign Workers in Bali on the Decline
Radar Bali reports that the number of foreign workers in Bali is reducing year after year, with the Government hoping that local workers will successfully fill the job vacancies created by he exit of alien workers.

Data on file on the Manpower Department and the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) in Bali state that the total number of foreign workers in Bali in 2017 reached 3,000 people, reducing to 2,300 workers in 2018.

The head of the Manpower and ESDM in Bali, Ni Luh Made Wiratmi, said: “We hope that these number continue to decline. In that way, local workers can fill strategic jobs formally held by foreigners.”

Wiratmi said that the presence of foreign workers in Bali continues to be monitored. By undertaking periodic inspections at a number of companies, the monitoring team comprised of officials from Immigration, the Police, and the Department of Manpower data on foreigners working is collected.

Reports from the public and follow up investigations have managed to help officials  detect labor law violations by foreigners living in Bali.

“In 2017, several people were detected working without permits (IMTA) in Bali and were deported by immigration,” said Wiratmi. “Many of the violations we discover are administrative errors that we help correct.”

The form of the administrative violations often happens through the simultaneous placement of foreign workers in several companies at the same time or discovering a worker in a role inappropriate to his authorized job title.

“The jobs held by foreigners,” explained Wiratmi, “must be as managers, not as human resource directors or lower. How can a security guard job be filled by a foreigner?”

According to the current regulations, every foreign worker must be accompanied by a local worker. This is intended to ensure that a continual transfer of technology takes place. In this way when a foreigner's work period ends he can be replaced by a local worker. “Every foreign worker must be accompanied by one local worker,” she reminded.

Every foreign worker in Indonesia pays a training fee of Rp. 13 million each year, but Wiratmi said there was no specific target to be collected from this source.

Most foreigners working in Bali are centered in the southern regency of Badung working in the hotel and restaurant sectors. There are also many foreigners working as marketing managers, a step done in order to lure overseas visitors to Bali.
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