Indonesia: Decent work for Indonesian migrant workers

This brief provides a summary of the discussions that took place at the Indonesia country-level consultation of the UN ECOSOC 2015 Integration Segment on the theme of “Achieving Sustainable Development through Employment Creation and Decent Work for All,” Jakarta 24-25 Februari 2015.

As many Indonesian migrant workers have lower levels of educational attainment, many are employed as domestic workers, caregivers and plantation workers. In order to increase the placement of migrant workers in occupations in the formal economy with formal skill requirements, the Government is providing competency based training, assessment and certification services for migrant workers. In particular, the Government is trialing the introduction of standardized salaries and working conditions in selected sectors and countries in order to improve the quality of migrant workers’ jobs. These policy measures should see the face of Indonesian migrant workers change considerably in the future.