SOURCE: Robert Walters

Robert Walters

February 11, 2015 02:00 ET

High Demand for Bilingual Professionals in Indonesia

JAKARTA, INDONESIA--(Marketwired - Feb 11, 2015) - According to the latest annual Global Salary Survey 2015 from specialist professional recruitment firm Robert Walters, companies in Indonesia looking to attract key bilingual candidates will have to meet salary expectations, offer quality training programmes and opportunities for international exposure.

The country saw significant growth particularly in sectors such as professional services, FMCG, IT, technology and manufacturing. This was largely attributed to the active spending habits of Indonesian's burgeoning middle class, which led to a corresponding increase in consumption levels.

Figures from the survey suggested that candidates who switched jobs in 2014 expected salary increments of 25-35%. This trend is likely to continue in 2015.

Rob Bryson, Director of Robert Walters Indonesia, comments:

"A good command of written and spoken English is a qualification job seekers looking to join multinationals in Indonesia must possess. As more companies worked towards increased cohesion among business units, professionals who could understand the business partnering role of their function were highly sought-after. Indonesia's positive economic market conditions and the entrance of multinationals into the market have opened up more job opportunities for the local workforce."

Other Key Highlights for 2015

  • Due to a tightening of regulation, high demand skills for accounting and finance candidates include financial control, risk and compliance 
  • Increasing job opportunities for asset managers, investment bankers and insurance specialists, however the limited candidate pool to fill these roles will pose significant hiring challenges
  • At the mid-management level, HR professionals able to execute operational plans and drive organisational change will be in strong demand
  • Senior sales directors and managers with a proven track record of achievement will be highly sought-after in 2015

Notes to editors:

1. Robert Walters is one of the world's leading specialist professional recruitment consultancies and focuses on placing high calibre professionals into permanent, contract and temporary positions at all levels of seniority. The Indonesia business recruits across the accountancy and finance, banking, financial services, HR, marketing and sales fields. Established in 1985, the Group has built a global presence with 53 offices spanning 24 countries.

2. Compiled by our dedicated research division, the Salary Survey is based on an analysis of placements made across our network of offices and specialist disciplines during the course of 2014. Now in its sixteenth year, the Survey is used by employers, HR managers and employees for benchmarking salary levels within their industry.

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