Ministrial Lecture of Manpower-FISIP Reveals that Employees’ Digital Abilities are Still Low

The Ministry of Manpower of the Republic of Indonesia continues to strive to improve the digital capabilities of prospective employees who will enter the world of work. This was revealed during the Ministrial Lecture agenda of Indonesian Ministry of Manpower at Universitas Brawijaya, Tuesday (14/3/2023).

The Secretary General of Indonesian Ministry of Manpower, Prof. Drs Anwar Sanusi MPA., P.hD, revealed that from the results of a survey conducted by East Ventures in 2022, 52.1% of companies in Indonesia still have difficulty finding employees with digital skills.

“In contrast, only 7% percent of companies find it easy to find employees with digital skills,” he said.

From the survey, according to Anwar Sanusi, 56.3% of prospective workers only mastered theoretically, not practically.

“In fact, 32.4% of companies consider that prospective employees do not have adequate digital skills according to the criteria of the company,” he continued.

Meanwhile globally, Indonesia’s ranking for digital competitiveness is also still low. Anwar Sanusi explained that from the IMD World Digital Competitiveness Ranking 2022 data, Indonesia was ranked 51st out of 63 countries.

“Indonesia is weak in terms of knowledge pillar in 60th position and the training and education sub-pillars are in 62nd place,” he explained.

Secretary General of the Ministry of Manpower, Prof. Anwar Sanusi P.hD as Keynote Speaker on the Ministrial Lecture agenda. (Photo: FISIP Public Relations)

The Indonesian Ministry of Manpower’s Efforts to Increase Digital Capabilities

Anwar Sanusi explained that the Ministry of Manpower issues employment policies that are adaptive, resilient and inclusive.

“There are five things that the Ministry of Manpower is doing, namely vocational training reform and education, optimizing the information system and labor market services, expanding job opportunities, adaptive social security and labor protection and harmonious industrial relations,” he explained.

Furthermore, according to the man who received the title of Professor from Universitas Brawijaya, the Ministry of Manpower has made 9 jumps related to employment. Namely the transformation of Vocational Training Centers, Employment Link and Match, Transformation of the Job Opportunity Expansion Program, development of young talents.

“There is also the expansion of overseas job markets, a new vision of industrial relations, reform of labor inspection, development of a digital employment ecosystem and reform of the bureaucracy,” said Anwar Sanusi.

The Ministry of Manpower has also prepared a digital employment ecosystem, namely SIAP for work (Information System and Application of Employment Services) and One Employment Data (SDK).

“There are also other digital aspects such as Skillhub which is used as a marketplace for increasing skills through training. Sertihub which is used for the professional certification marketplace. Job market information through Karirhub and Bizhub for programs to expand job opportunities,” he explained.

Not only that, said Anwar Sanusi, the Ministry of Manpower had also prepared a young talent program for Indonesia. Namely Talent Scouting, Talent Fest, Talent Corner and Talent Class.

He also hopes that the young workforce will not be afraid of digitalization because the needs in the job market in the digital era require more soft skills. Actively participate also in contemporary skills networks or communities.

“Never stop learning and don’t easily give up on competition in the world of work. Build communication and professionalism in the workplace with various generations. And continue to build self-branding skills, “he concluded.

On the Ministrial Lecture agenda, apart from Prof. Drs Anwar Sanusi MPA P.hD who is the Keynote Speaker, also presents Professor of Employment FEB UB Prof. Devanto Shasta Pratomo SE M.Sc., P.hD. Then Fadillah Putra Ph.D as Associate Professor of Social Policy at FIA UB and Palmira Permata Bachtiar as a senior researcher at Smeru Institute. [Humas UB/ Trans. Iir]