Minimum Wage in Kazakhstan – Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a separate legislation relating to minimum wages in Kazakhstan?

No. Minimum wage in Kazakhstan is regulated by art. 104 of the Labour Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Since 01.01.2016 the minimum monthly wage equals 22 859 tenge according to Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan 30.11.2015 № 426-V "About republican budget for 2016-2018 years".

Do one or more minimum wages exist that is/are determined by law?

Only one at the national level. Minimum monthly wage is set up yearly on January 1 in accordance with the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan on State Budget for the relevant financial year.

On what basis is minimum wage calculated?

Minimum wage in Kazakhstan is calculated on a monthly basis. The minimum wage should not be below the subsistence level and does not include bonuses and allowances , compensation and social benefits and other incentive payments and paid in proportion to the time worked . Minimum hourly wage of an employee who performed their duties (labour standards), cannot be less than the minimum monthly wage divided by the average number of working hours.

What is the number of work hours per day and per week?

Minimum wage is calculated for work under normal conditions with fulfilment of the set monthly work norm. According to Article 77 of the Labour Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan normal working hours should not exceed 40 hours per week.

Who decides minimum wages?

According to the Law on State Budget for the relevant financial year the size of a minimum wage in Kazakhstan is regulated by the government.

What is the national poverty line? (In national currency)

Since January 1, 2016 the poverty line in Kazakhstan is 22 859 tenge according to Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan 30.11.2015 № 426-V "About republican budget for 2016-2018 years".

When was poverty line last updated? (Specify YYYY/MM)

Poverty line was last updated in January 2016.

What is the percentage of minimum wage relative to the current poverty line?

The percentage of minimum wage relative to the current poverty line is 100%.

Which month of the year is minimum wage rate revised in Kazakhstan?

Minimum monthly wage is set up yearly on January 1 in accordance with the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan on State Budget for the relevant financial year. Since 01.01.2016 the minimum monthly wage equals 22 859 tenge.

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