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GUIDE TO EMPLOYMENT AND PAYROLL IN KAZAKHSTAN

OVERVIEW

QUICK FACTS ABOUT KAZAKHSTAN

CURRENCY: Kazakhstani Tenge (KZT)

PAYROLL FREQUENCY: Monthly

CAPITAL: Astana

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE: Kazakh and Russian

REVISION DATE: January 3, 2023

EXCHANGE RATE:

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

PAYROLL + TAXATION

PAYROLL CYCLE

Wages are paid on a monthly basis.

Thirteenth-month payments are not mandatory. Employers can pay bonuses at their discretion.

INCOME TAX

Employee Income Tax is a flat rate of 10%.

EMPLOYEE PAYROLL CONTRIBUTIONS

Employee Payroll Contributions are 12%. 2% for Health Insurance (OMIC) and 10% for Pension (OPC)

EMPLOYER COST

The employer cost is 16%. 3.5% for Social Insurance, 3% for Medical Insurance and 9.5% for Social Tax.

MINIMUM WAGE + WORKING HOURS

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MINIMUM WAGE

The national monthly minimum wage is  60,000.00 KZT.

WORKING HOURS + OVERTIME

40 hours is a standard work week.

Overtime work must be agreed on in writing by the employee and employer. Overtime cannot exceed 2 hours per day (1 hour for dangerous work) and 12 hours per month.

Overtime is paid at the rate of 150% of the regular pay.

LEAVE

PAID TIME OFF

Employees are entitled to a minimum paid vacation period of 24 calendar days (excluding official holidays).

NATIONAL HOLIDAYS IN KAZAKHSTAN

Holidays Celebrated:

New Year’s Day

New Year Holiday

Orthodox Christmas Day

International Women’s Day

Nauryz Holiday

Kazakhstan Ppl Solidarity Day

Defender’s Day

Defender’s Day Holiday

Victory Day

Kurban Ait

Capital City Day

Constitution Day

First President Day

Independence Day

Independence Day Holiday

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SICK DAYS

Employees are entitled to 3 days paid Sick leave entitlement per year. The entitlement may increase up to 6 days for severe illness.

PATERNITY LEAVE

There are no provisions in the law regarding paternity leave. 

OTHER LEAVE

Employees are entitled to up to 5 days of unpaid leave for Marriage, Bereavement (of a member of the immediate family), and exceptional circumstances.

MATERNITY LEAVE

Mothers are entitled to 126 days of paid maternity leave, 70 days taken before the expected due date, and 56 (increasing to 70 if multiple births) after the birth of a child. In the event of a difficult birth, leave after the birth may be extended by 14 days.

If a mother resides in an area where nuclear tests were performed, the maternity leave is increased to 160 days and is split with 90 days before the expected due date and 70 after the birth.

The employer pays all Maternity leave at 100.00% of the regular salary rate.

NOTICE + PROCESS

TERMINATION

TERMINATION PROCESS

Employers can terminate a fix term contract by giving the following reasons – business, personal, or worker’s misconduct. It requires notice and a written explanation for the termination. If the reason is misconduct, a warning needs to be given and the employee gets a chance to explain actions.  

An employer or employee must provide written notice to the employee notifying them of the termination of the employment agreement.

If the employee requests it, the employer must provide an employment certificate/termination letter and include dates employed, nature of the job, salary, and recommendation. This letter must be provided within five working days from the date of request.

NOTICE PERIOD

The statutory notice period is one month. If the employee agrees, the employer can give payment in lieu of notice. 

Payment in lieu of notice is permissible.

SEVERANCE PAY

There is no law pertaining to severance

PROBATION PERIOD

The statutory probation period in Kazakhstan is up to 3 months.

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