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Talent shortage threatens Indonesia’s burgeoning tech sector

Talent shortage threatens Indonesia’s burgeoning tech sector


Indonesia is currently facing a shortage of skills and talent that threatens to impede the growth of its promising technology industry.

According to Reuters, Indonesia is poised to take large portion of the potential US$200bn internet economy in Southeast Asia, a region that will need to attract US$40-50bn in sectors such as e-commence over the next 10 years to reach the figure – referring to a report by Google and Singaporean state-fund Temasek. The recruitment of talented executives is said to be a major hurdle in Indonesia, even as internet giants like Alibaba and SoftBank are making major investments in start-ups that were linked to the country.

The scarcity stems from the republic’s education system, lack of experience and lower wages compared to more developed countries, such as the US.