Manufacturing Industry Absorbed 18,25 Million Workers in 2018

25 February 2019 | Author : Manufakturindo
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The manufacturing industry absorbed 18,25 million workers in 2018. This achievement is able to contribute positively to the total national workforce of 14,72 percent. Data from the Ministry of Industry shows that the absorption of labors in the industrial sector are increased, as seen in the last four periods.


In 2015, the manufacturing industry has opened 15,54 million job vacancies. Then it rose to 15,97 million people in 2016. In 2017, the workforce reached 17.56 million people. In 2018 the total workers has jumped into 18,25 million people.


The Biggest Manpower Absorption Sector


The following sectors are the biggest contributor to the absorption of labors:

  • Food industry (26,67 percent)
  • The apparel industry (13,69%)
  • Timber industry, wood and cork goods (9,93%)
  • Textile industry (7,46%)
  • Non-metal excavation industry (5,72%)
  • Furniture industry (4,51%)

According to the Minister of Industry, Airlangga Hartarto, there are three main pillars that need attention to spur national industrial growth. The three main pillars are investment, technology, and human resources (HR). He added that in the 4.0 industrial revolution era, Indonesia needs a lot of competent labors.


Of the three main pillars, Indonesia is potential in developing human resource. Therefore, President Joko Widodo advised that this year Indonesia need to focus more on vocational education and training.


To reach this goal, the Ministry of Industry is trying to create an ecosystem that supports industrial development 4.0. One of the many way is by strengthening the quality of human resources by redesigning the curriculum and talent mobility program.


In the implementation, Indonesia will re-design the education curriculum by emphasizing more on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM). The Minister will also focus in improving the quality of vocational education units.


Source http://www.kemenperin.go.id/


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