The weakening of Indonesia’s economic performance during the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a decline in the ability of the business sector to absorb the labor force. The pandemic poses a risk of extending the waiting time of the labor force, including college graduates, to find a job. Meanwhile, vocational high school graduates also face challenges to survive in the labor market. The Labor Market Information, which is mandated through the Unemployment Benefit scheme in the Job Creation Law, has become an important policy discourse to support the labor force to be absorbed into the Indonesian labor market. On that basis, The SMERU Research Institute aims to hold a policy dialogue on the absorption of the new labor force and vocational high school graduates during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Competing in the Labor Market: The New Labor Force and Vocational School Graduates amid the COVID-19 Pandemic
Palmira P. Bachtiar (Senior Researcher, SMERU)
Muhyiddin (Kepala Pusat Pengembangan Kebijakan Ketenagakerjaan, Badan Perencanaan dan Pengembangan, Kementerian Ketenagakerjaan)
Mahatmi Parwitasari Saronto (Direktur Ketenagakerjaan, Kementerian PPN/Bappenas)