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Finding Employment Opportunities in Bali

In recent times, Bali has emerged as a magnet for skilled professionals from various corners of the world, who are choosing to establish their lives here. However, it’s important to note that Indonesian regulations mandate that for every foreign worker in Indonesia, ten local employees must also be hired. This requirement results in a relatively limited number of job opportunities for expats. Nevertheless, Bali is experiencing significant growth in specific sectors, including Finance, Food & Beverage, Hospitality, IT, Management, Real Estate, Sales & Marketing, Technology, and Telecommunications.

Expat talents are sought after for various roles, including Marketing Manager, General Manager, Head of Sales, Customer Service Manager, and Business Development Director positions within hospitality establishments, premium real estate development groups, and architectural or design firms. Should you secure a position in Bali, your employer will typically sponsor your working visa, allowing you to work legally in the country.

Many businesses based in Bali typically seek candidates with prior experience in Indonesia, language skills, and a deep understanding of the local culture. The job market here is highly competitive and fast-paced, making prior experience in Bali beneficial for a quicker job search. It’s important to note that the salaries for these positions are generally lower than those in Western countries, although the cost of living is notably more affordable.

You can find employment opportunities through Facebook groups, networking, and potentially working with certain recruitment firms. As part of my offerings, I can assist you in establishing a connection with a trustworthy recruitment agency.

Alternatively, many expats choose to relocate to Bali and work remotely or offer consulting services to international companies, aiming for an improved lifestyle.

Remote Work in Bali: How It's Done

If you are interested in working remotely and earning income from abroad, the most common visa option for residing in Bali short term is the B211 tourist single-entry visa. This visa, which can be obtained offshore, grants a 60-day stay with the possibility of extending it for an additional 60 days, twice over. This allows you to stay in Bali for up to 180 days before you are required to leave Indonesia.

Notably, there are no tax implications associated with remote work on this visa. While some may refer to it as a digital nomad visa, it is distinct from such visas. However, digital nomads often take advantage of this visa to work online in various settings, including co-working spaces, cafes, or from their own accommodations.

Coworking spaces

If you’re seeking a change from your usual villa or cafe workspace, consider experimenting with different co-working spaces to find the right fit.  There is such a great range of coworking spaces found across Bali and in major expat communities such as Uluwatu, Seminyak, Kerobokan, Umalas, Canggu, Bud and Sanur.

Take trial sessions to gauge the community they attract, including the age range of digital nomads, the work styles of individuals, and the overall atmosphere. These spaces provide excellent facilities, networking opportunities, and often host great events. Some even offer accommodation, catering to the preferences of younger, single individuals.

For instance, Sanur’s Livit Hub offers a daily rate starting from IDR 85,000, with monthly rates beginning at IDR 725,000, and your first day pass is complimentary. To delve deeper into the digital nomad community, consider joining Facebook groups like Digital Nomads Bali, where you can find valuable tips, advice, meetups, and connections.

Working in Indonesia: The Need for a KITAS

It’s imperative to understand that you cannot legally work or earn income in Indonesia without a valid working permit. Apart from sponsorship by a company, Indonesia offers Working KITAS options for those seeking to generate income within the country. This entails applying for a working permit in specific work categories such as entertainment, sports, and marketing valid for a period of 12 months.

Establishing a Business and Securing Work Visa Sponsorship

One efficient way to obtain a work visa is by starting your own business in Bali, which allows you to act as the sponsor for your own work visa.

Establishing a foreign-invested limited liability company in Indonesia, is known as PT PMA. A business like this takes approximately 4 weeks to establish legally.

Many expats opt for this approach by establishing businesses like restaurants or import-export businesses. If you dont have a business that requires a commercial address, a virtual office can be created.



Whether you are in search of job opportunities, considering remote work, or contemplating the establishment of your own business, we have reliable recruitment agencies, visa agents, and business consultancies available to provide guidance and support throughout your journey. Visit our Services.