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Estimated 150 Balinese Leave Island Each Day for Employment Positions Overseas


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(5/20/2012)

Many young Balinese continue to travel abroad in search of lucrative employment and career opportunities otherwise not available in Bali. Bali’s inability to absorb all the its job seekers coming into the employment marketplace each year necessitates that the young seek jobs further afield.

The Bali Manpower and Transmigration Office calculates that on the average 150 Balinese job seekers depart the island for abroad each day.

Radar Bali reports that the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) estimates the success achieved by Balinese in securing work overseas has tangibly reduced the island’s unemployment rate. In February 2011, the official rate of unemployment stood at 2.86%, reducing to 2.32% in August 2011 and dropping further to 2.11% in February 2012.

Because of the growing demands for Balinese workers in the international tourism and cruise industry, manpower officials continue to focus on preparing young job seekers to fill these overseas positions.

The government is also working to train spa therapists to meet the strong demand for workers in that sector. Approximately 40% of all young people receiving government job training at this time are being trained for the spa sector.

Because the growth in labor demand in Bali is still insufficient to absorb all the new job seekers, the government is compelled to provide training for positions abroad.

Manpower officials are expressing concern that the uncertain world economy at the moment may curtail the number of opportunities available to Balinese workers in Europe, the Middle East and the international cruise industry.


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