Ministry of Manpower release new Decree on Job Positions Available for Foreign Workers

The Ministry of Manpower have released a new Decree, (KepMen No. 228 Tahun 2019) specifying updated available job titles for foreign workers in Indonesia effective immediately.

Who will be affected?

Employing entities will have more flexibility on hiring foreign workers in different positions.


The Decree includes a Closed Positive List in the 18 industries available to foreigners, except for the Financial sector which is administered by the Financial Authorities Services. For positions not listed, employing entities may request an exception to the Ministry of Manpower.

The new Decree contains over 2000 job positions, with more industry-specific job positions available. This will allow more positions for foreign workers.

As the Ministry of Manpower allows exceptions to be made within industries, more specific job positions for each employing entity will be considered by the authorities.

Current active work permits will remain valid until its expiration date.

Santa Fe Analysis:

This announcement is effective immediately. Interested parties can reach out to Santa Fe for an assessment of their eligibility to qualify for the newly released positions, ensuring compliance and the correct application process is adhered to.

We can also keep you updated on further developments on Indonesia immigration matters and will advise on any changes requiring your attention.

Should you have any questions, please contact the following:

Natasja Batubara
Corporate Services Manager
Santa Fe Relocation
D: +62 21 2961 2990
M: +62 811 117 6713

Soumeya Messadi
Head of Immigration – APAC, Middle East and Africa
Santa Fe Relocation
D: +65 6398 3520
M: +65 9169 6061

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