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Indonesia: Recruitment and selection

Updating author: Syahdan Z. Aziz, SSEK Legal Consultants
Original authors: Lia Alizia and Candace Anastassia Limbong, Makarim & Taira S.

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  • All individuals must have the same opportunity to obtain a job without discrimination on grounds such as sex, ethnicity or race. (See Discrimination)
  • The recruitment and selection process is subject to little statutory regulation, except with regard to equal treatment and non-discrimination. (See General)
  • An employer must notify the Ministry of Manpower of any job vacancy at least three days before the vacancy is filled or advertised in the mass media. (See Advertising vacancies)
  • Selection practices in the private sector are subject to little statutory regulation. (See Selection)
  • Job offers are not specifically regulated by statute. (See Job offers)
  • The minimum age for employment is generally 15 years, with some exceptions (for example, children aged 13 or 14 may perform "light" work) and employees aged 15 to 17 inclusive must not perform certain types of work. (See Young people and children)
  • The employment of foreign nationals requires approval by the Ministry of Manpower. (See Foreign nationals)
  • Employers must ensure that at least 1% of their workforce is made up of employees with disabilities. (See Employment quota for people with disabilities)