More young Indonesians are entering the job market than ever before. In this decade, 70% of Indonesia’s 267 million people will be of working age (15-64 years old). What happens when around 187 million people seek meaningful work and good incomes, but have a hard time finding either in the traditional job market? In Indonesia, one increasingly popular option is to become a driver for the on-demand transportation network Gojek. The app offers ride-hailing on motorcycles and cars.
People who end up driving for Gojek full-time come from a variety of backgrounds.
Budi*, for example, was a car parts salesperson, but gave up the job three years ago because it required frequent out-of-town travel.