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Indonesia lacks skilled workers for IT industry: IBM

Publication Date : 18-07-2012


Indonesia, the largest economy in Southeast Asia, is still lacking skilled workers, particularly in the IT sector, compared to other Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) countries, an executive says.

PT IBM Indonesia's country manager for global business services, Widita P. Sardjono, said yesterday that while the quality of Indonesian IT workers was unquestionable, Indonesia was still lacking in terms of the numbers.

"We are still lacking in terms of [skilled IT] workers compared to Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore," he said on the sidelines of a memorandum of understanding signing ceremony between the IT company and Indonesia's Bina Nusantara University in Jakarta.

The new agreement stipulates that IBM Indonesia will provide new human capital management software which will allow the university's employees to have personal online administration.

Sardjono added that based on government data, only about 2 per cent of the country's 240 million population have attended university.

"Furthermore, 30 per cent of Indonesians who went to university are still unemployed. I think that is why IT companies must collaborate with many universities to increase the quantity of skilled alumni," he said.

Bina Nusantara University's managing director, Stephen W. Santoso, said in the past two years, approximately 20 per cent of the university's 10,000 graduates have been accepted to global IT enterprises or work as entrepreneurs.

The university, which, according to Stephen, graduates 5,000 students per year, is hoping to increase the percentage of alumni who work in global IT enterprises from 20 per cent to 33 per cent by 2014.


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