The decree was signed by Finance Minister Agus Martowardojo, Minister of State Administrative and Bureaucracy Reforms EE Mangindaan and Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi.
Mangindaan said the imposition of the moratorium was not rigid, yet selective where recruitment was still allowed to fill in a number of posts this and next year.
He cited as an example of exceptions such as the recruitment of teachers and lecturers. The number of teachers and lecturers who were retiring was high so that their positions should be refilled.
The same is true to the medical workers at integrated service units.
Recruitment was also allowed for other special positions such as in penitentiaries that needed prison wardens, the minister said. "It should not happen that a penitentiary has no wardens," he said.
He said that posts for public services such in terminals would also be open to limited recruitment.
Mangindaan said that exceptions also include regional governments which had personnel expenditure below 50 percent of the regional budget, yet this also should be carried out selectively.
It was also mentioned in the decree that all government institutions and agencies were required to submit strategic plans on civil personnel formations in the coming five years.
The strategic plans should have been submitted before December 31, 2011.
"In essence, the moratorium is part of the bureaucracy reform program aimed at reforming the institutional or organizational structure," the minister said.
Vice Presidential Spokesman Yopie Hidayat said government institutions and agencies as well as regional governments were given a four month time-line to carry out studies and analysis on their need for civil servants linked to the bureaucratic reforms program.
The results of the studies would be included in the strategic plans. He said that the government was also preparing sanctions for those who did not submit strategic plans before December 31, 2011.
"If they don`t file a strategic plan, they will not be given budget next year," he said.
The number of civil servants in Indonesia at present is recorded at 4.7 million, or about 1.98 percent of the country`s population.
According to Mangindaan, in 2011 a total of 107 thousands of civil servants were entering the retirement age while in 2012 the number retiree will be 114 thousands.(*)