Typical Work Schedule in Indonesia
Article No. 44 of Law 13 of 2003 on employees, as well as Articles 77 to 85 about labor laws, mention working hours of employees. They clearly mention the working hours and overtime periods of employees. According to this law, working hours will last seven to eight hours. Beyond this, any time worked will be considered as overtime and the wages will vary accordingly. Some of the examples of the working hours are as follows:
Normal Working Hours
In Indonesia, working hours are usually from 8:00 – 17:00 WIB (West Indonesia Time). These hours apply to all employees including private and civil employees. Saturday and Sunday typically are off-days; thus, the work week usually lasts five working days, from Monday to Friday.
Shift 1 Working Hours
There is a difference between normal working hours and shift 1 working hours. Generally, these working hours are applied to those corporations which have very intense operational hours as well as civil service agencies.
The following are some businesses and entities which use shift working hours:
- Automotive factories
- Food factories
- Electronics factories
Shift 2 Working Hours
These working hours are used when the working hours of Shift 1 are completed. They generally last from 15:00 – 23:00 WIB. Businesses using Shift 1 working hours also use Shift 2 working hours.
Shift 3 Working Hours
Shift 3 working hours last from 23:00 to 07:00, though these may vary from company to company.
Working Hours 3 Group 3 Shift
Workers work from Monday to Saturday. On Saturday, there are five working hours and on the rest of the days from Monday to Friday, there are seven working hours per day with a one-hour break. There are a total of 40 working hours per week.
Non-Shift Working Hours
This type of shift is similar to those of the normal working hours. These hours are reserved for business which need more coordination during working hours.
Working Hours for 12 Hours
When there is bulk work in any company, then the usual working period is more than eight hours. This extra period is sometimes known long shifts. In many agreements between the company and the employees, the working hours are required to be 12 hours per day with one or two days off.
Employees in Indonesia
In 2018, the total number of employees in Indonesia was 127,067,835, an increase from the employed persons in 2017 which was 124,538,849.
Suggestion for Foreigners Adapting to Indonesian Work Culture
To adapt to Indonesian work culture, foreigners should consider the following:
- Learn the importance of learning and using the Indonesian language
- Understand the hierarchical culture of Indonesia
- Be ready to socialize with Indonesians
- Learn about the food of Indonesia
- Show proper values, morals, and ethics in front of employers and other citizens in Indonesia
- Always be punctual
How Indonesia’s Work Culture Differs from Those of Other Countries
Indonesia certainly has a unique work culture. The differences between its work culture and those of other countries can easily be seen. For example, if the respective work cultures of Indonesia and the US are compared, the primary difference lies in scheduling. American work culture is stricter. regarding timetables than its Indonesian counterpart. On the other hand, Pakistani work culture, for example, is more lenient than Indonesia’s work culture with regard to deadlines and schedules. is given partial importance.
Although work culture varies from country to country. some countries’ work cultures do not share the personal and moral values held by most in Indonesia. For example, Indonesian companies’ stances on personal criticism and making the leaders happy might be some of the points which do not apply to companies of foreign countries.
However, in most other countries, employees’ working time is similar to that of Indonesia. The workers work for around eight hours and if the company has bulk work, then double shifts are also arranged.