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Employer of Record (EOR) in Kazakhstan

What you'll learn

  • Country Introduction
  • Tax Breakdown for Employers
  • Statutory Leave Laws
  • Minimum Wage and Working Hours
  • Termination Process
  • Additional Information
Kazakhstan Introduction

Kazakhstan is a transcontinental landlocked country located in Central Asia and partly in Eastern Europe. It is the world’s largest landlocked country, bordered by Russia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan. The country’s capital of Nur-Sultan was formerly known as Astana until 2019. Kazakhstan generates 60% of Central Asia’s GDP, and has a democratic, secular, constitutional republic.

Paid Leave and Statutory Leave

Parental Leave

Pregnant employees are entitled to 126 days of paid maternity leave, of which usually 70 days are taken before the due date, and 56 after the birth. If the mother lives in an area where nuclear tests have been performed, their maternity leave increases to 160 days (usually split as 90 days before the due date and 70 after the birth). Maternity leave is paid by the employer at 100% of the regular salary.

Sick Leave

Employees in Kazakhstan are entitled to 3 days of paid sick leave each year, which can increase to 6 days for severe illnesses.

Paid Leave

Kazakhstan has 19 public holidays, and employees are also entitled to a minimum of 24 days of paid time off each year (employees working in harmful conditions can take extra vacation days). Employees can also receive unpaid leave for Marriage, Bereavement, and exceptional circumstances.

Wage Requirements and Working Hours

The minimum wage in Kazakhstan is KZT 60,000 per month, and a full workweek is 40 hours. Overtime generally must be agreed on in writing by the employer and employee, and cannot exceed 2 hours per day and 12 hours per month. Overtime is paid at 150% of the regular salary.

Termination Process

Process

Employers can terminate employment contracts for reasons related to business, personal, or misconduct. Terminations require written notice and explanation for the dismissal, and if the reason is misconduct the employer need to give a warning and the employee needs a chance to explain their actions.

Notice Period

The statutory notice period for terminations is 1 month, and payment can be given in lieu of notice.

Severance Pay

There are no provisions in the law for severance pay.

Additional Information

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OVERVIEW
Language(s):
Kazakh, Russian
Currency:
Kazakhstani Tenge (KZT)
Capital City:
Nur-Sultan
Population:
19.2 Million
Cost of Living Rank:
123rd
VAT (Valued Added Tax):
12%
Employer TaxES
16%
(estimated)

★  3.5% - Social Insurance

★  3% - Medical Insurance (OMIC)

★  9.5% - Social Tax

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How Remofirst employs in Kazakhstan

It can be prohibitively expensive to establish an entity in every country you want to hire talent in, so Remofirst will hire and pay your employee on your behalf while you manage their daily duties. Remofirst will handle formal HR procedures and employment contracts that adhere to local laws, so that you can simply approve invoices via our platform. When you work with an Employer of Record (EOR) you can compliantly hire the best employees around the world.

How employees in Kazakhstan get paid
Your employee's hours, time off, holidays, bonuses, and commissions are automatically calculated into payroll. Remofirst will invoice you in either US Dollars (USD), Euros (EUR), British Pounds (GBP), Canadian Dollars (CAD), or Singapore Dollars (SGD) around the 15th of each month to make sure your employees in Kazakhstan are paid on time in Kazakhstani Tenge (KZT). To make it even easier, you can summarize your entire global team's salaries to aggregate them into one payment (instead of many individual payments).
Full-time Employees vs Global Contractors

Unlike full-time employees, contractors work on projects with multiple companies at a given time and are technically self-employed. Full-time employees are solely focused on their employer and usually receive benefits (such as health insurance, equity or stock options, and time off) as an additional form of compensation. While it can be cheaper to work with international contractors instead of paying benefits to a full-time employee, you run the risk of misclassification. It's recommended to work with an EOR for contractor onboarding and payments, so you can know that your international contractors are paid compliantly and on time.

Dependable support for employees
Whenever the employee or employer has a question about benefits, Visas, or anything else related to international employment in Kazakhstan, they can use our platform's chat function to get answers from our team of experts. Every client of Remofirst also receives a dedicated account manager that will serve as a point of contact for global HR support.