Bisnis Bali reports that the number of foreigners working in Bali holding officially authorized work permits is on the decline.
Quoting the head of the Manpower and Transmigration Office in Bali, I Gusti Agung Ngurah Sudarsana, the current number of licensed expat workers in Bali is put at 1,600, This total is down 11% from 2014-2015 when the total number of expats working in the province was put at 1,800.
Sudarsana insists that, despite the downturn in foreign workers in Bali, the transfer of skills and technology to Indonesian workers continues without pause.
Foreigners wishing to work in Bali or any part of Indonesia must first obtain approval from the Ministry of Manpower in Jakarta with the Bali office only concerned with extensions and enforcement of the rules against those found working illegally or not in compliance with their permits.
Sudarsana said Australians continue to be the largest group of foreign workers in Bali, with most of these employed in the education and tourism sectors.