JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesia has to create more ‘quality jobs’ to increase productivity and competitiveness for sustained and inclusive growth, an Asian Development Bank (ADB) study has shown.

The study, titled Indonesia: Enhancing Productivity through Quality Jobs, takes an in-depth look at the challenges in creating better jobs and raising the country’s labor productivity, as well as the necessary skills needed for a youthful and increasingly better-educated workforce to meet the demands of the digital age.

ADB’s vice president for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development Bambang Susantono mentioned only does the country need to create a more skilled workforce. “But it also needs to adjust to new global patterns of technology and the demand for new skills,” he said.

The study provides three key messages on how to create good and quality jobs for Indonesia’s large workforce. First, improved education and skills development are necessary to create enough quality jobs to raise productivity.

Second, as urban jobs are expanding faster, supportive public policies for sustainable cities are fundamental in generating quality jobs. Lastly, there should be continued efforts to improve labor market institutions and regulations that promote a wider range of employment options and better income security for workers.

The study identifies policy initiatives focused on creating better jobs in the labor market, raising labor productivity, and facilitating worker adjustment to the challenges of the digital age. These issues are addressed both from the supply side and from the demand side of the labor market.

It also called on policymakers to ensure the initiatives aimed at productivity are inclusive to target the poor, women, older people, and other disadvantaged groups.

It also called for continued efforts to improve labour market institutions and regulations that promote a wider range of employment options as well as better income security for workers.