Thousands visit Indonesian WageIndicator after launch - July 6, 2009

The launch of Indonesia's WageIndicator Gajimu.com at July 1 in Jakarta has become an unprecedented success, triggering off thousands of visits to the new site.

"We expected four or five journalists," reports Michel Maas, the sites organizer, from Jakarta. "But suddenly we had a room with thirty journalists, including internet, print and TV-stations." The presence of a few local celebrities might have helped.

A successful launch for a national WageIndicator site is very important, since its needs a critical mass of visitors and filled in surveys, before it can provide scientifically viable figures on wages and labor conditions in a country.

Discussing your salary is still a taboo, writes more than one Indonesian weblog, perhaps explaining the spike in interest for the WageIndicator in Indonesia.

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A selection of media reactions:

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