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Demand for Industrial Workers Projected to Grow 8 Percent by 2035

Demand for Industrial Workers Projected to Grow 8 Percent by 2035 (radarkontra)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesia Ministry of Industry projects  the demand for labor in the industrial sector to grow by more than eight percent by 2035. This increase is spread across all manufacturing sub-sectors, such as the food and beverage industry, metals, textiles and clothing, and automotive.

"The high demand for labor is in line with the entry of a number of investments in Indonesia and government efforts that are increasingly aggressively boosting the industrial sector, both in order to meet the domestic and export markets," said Coordinator of the Industrial Human Resource Development at the Ministry of Industry Mujiyono.

The Ministry of Industry said investments in the manufacturing industry in 2014 reached IDR 195.74 trillion, up toIDR 226.18 trillion in 2018. Absorption of labor in the industrial sector also grew, namely from 15.54 million workers in 2015 to 18 million workers in 2018.

According to Mujiyono, every year the industry sector absorbs as many as 672,000 workers. "We have calculated, if the industry is pegged to grow 5-6 percent," he said. However, in addition to fulfillment in terms of quantity, what is also important is the creation of quality human resources (HR) according to the needs of today's industry.

"Moreover, now we have entered the industrial era of 4.0, where the industrial sector is required to utilize advanced technology or digitalization so that it can increase product capacity and quality more efficiently. Well, in order to achieve these targets, competent human resources are needed. So, competent HR is the key to our industrial competitiveness, "he explained.

Therefore, starting this year the government focused on developing the quality of human resources as a national development agenda. Strategic steps that are being carried out, among others, are conducting various more massive vocational education and industrial training activities.

Mujiyono conveyed, Indonesia has great potential in efforts to build quality human resources along with the momentum of bonus demographics that are being enjoyed for the next 20 years. "By 2030, Indonesia is predicted to experience a demographic bonus period, ie the productive age population reaches 67.5 percent of the total population of 297 million," he explained.

The productive age population is considered to be a source of economic growth and development of innovation. "Therefore, we continue to strive to create more experts and create a conducive industrial climate so that uptake and productivity of labor continues to increase," he added.

Mujiyono also emphasized that the use of digital technology is an important key in increasing labor productivity.

"As many as 75-375 million global workers will switch professions. Therefore, there are five important competencies that we have developed, namely Coding & Programming, Mechatronics, Data Analysis & Statistics, Artificial Intelligence, and Softskill Flexibility, "he said.