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Foreign Workers in Bali

Only 1,385 Foreign Workers Officially Registered with Bali's Department of Manpower. A Small Fraction of the 'Real' Foreign Work-Force Living on the Island?

(2/11/2007) The Indonesian-language Bali Post reports that 1,385 foreign workers are officially recorded by Bali's Office of Manpower as being employed in various sectors across the island.

The Department of Manpower reported that from that total - 234 Japanese, 200 Australian, 197 Americans, 152 U.K. citizens, 149 French citizens and 123 Germans are among those holding formal working permits issued by the government. Data tracked by the government reveals that of the foreigners working in Bali - 288 are concerned with quality control, 225 in marketing positions, 215 in business development and 183 are employed as managers.

Illegal Workers

The Manpower Department admitted that the problem of illegal foreign workers continues to grow and be a concern to their officials. A spokesman for the Manpower Department pledged to work closely with the police and other agencies to identify illegal workers and their employers in order that they can be brought to justice.

Illegal foreign workers in Bali represent substantial losses in unpaid payroll taxes and a mandatory yearly training contribution of US$1,200 paid by every foreigner holding an official working permit in Bali.