Unemployment in Indonesia is at record high levels due to COVID-19, with disproportionate impact on informal and service workers, women, and youth. By the end of 2020, Indonesia’s open unemployment rate surged to 7.07%, almost 2% higher than the previous year’s rate and its highest level since 2011 with a total of 9.77 million people unemployed by August 2020, 37.61% higher than the previous year. COVID-19 has also deepened Indonesia’s gender inequality, with unemployment disproportionately affecting women, since most are employed in sectors especially vulnerable to the pandemic, such as retail, hospitality, or garment. Even before the pandemic, only 54% of working-age women were active in the labor force compared to 82% of working-age men, and this rate has been relatively stagnant for the last 20 years. Women in Indonesia are also more likely to be in low-paid jobs when in full-time contracts, and less likely to be employed in managerial positions. Youth are also particularly vulnerable. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, young people were already 4 times more likely to be unemployed than the adult population. The Indonesian youth unemployment rate was already at 18%, which is doubled the unemployment rate of the total population.
While on the other side, Indonesia’s digital economy quadrupled in size between 2015 and 2019 – at an average growth rate of 49% per year – to reach an estimated $40bn in 2020. This exponential growth, along with the government’s latest “making indonesia 4.0” development plan that prioritizes the country’s technological innovation, creates new employment opportunities but also poses simultaneous labor supply challenges because local technical training is limited, especially due to a shortage of skilled human resources available to provide the knowledge. The skill profile of the Indonesian workforce has not evolved in line with the demands of the labour market. The world bank estimates that between 2015 and 2030, there will be a shortage of 9 million skilled and semi-skilled ICT workers in indonesia. The push for the digitalization of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSME) is also challenged by a lack of skilled talent and resources. MSMEs are the backbone of Indonesia’s economy. They have contributed consistently to more than 50% of Indonesia’s GDP since 2010 until before the covid-19 pandemic, with more than 90% absorption of Indonesia’s labor force. When the covid-19 pandemic hit, the digitalization of MSMEs was one of the key strategies identified to build back better. The Ministry of Cooperatives and SME has set a target for 30 million MSMEs to go digital by 2024. Nevertheless, MSMEs still struggle to go digital. From plan Indonesia’s study on youth-led micro and small enterprises in Covid 19, information technology still poses a challenge. This study also found that youth enterprises with more access to technology performed better during the pandemic. This resonated across other studies that found women working in MSMEs with a slower adoption of ICT applications in their business received about 30-70% less income compared to those who haven’t. In response to the challenge and opportunities above, plan indonesia will recruit, train, and place 10,000 young people in 18 months project in several areas in indonesia, with majority of them will be young women, in IT career pathways providing them with free certified training materials and courses along with wraparound services to support course completion and placement into it career pathways. To support the pipeline of skilled talent for MSME digitalization, an emphasis will be put on expanding the network of job placement, not limited to formal work but also the gig economy
The TVET Coordinator responsible in developing collaboration with TVET Institutions. She/he should ensure the training by TVET partners had meet the project expectation and conducted in timely manner. She/He will coordinate with INCO Digital Team and YES!Digital Team in utilizing online learning materials for youth
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