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Astana, Kazakhstan • 05 January 2024

Kazakhstan Sets 2024 Quotas for Attracting Foreign Workers

The Ministry of Labor revealed how 22 thousand permits will be distributed across four key categories

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Kazakhstan has outlined its plans for attracting foreign labor in 2024, setting the total quota at 0.23% of the country's workforce, amounting to 22 thousand workers, as reported by the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection.

The allocation for foreign labor in 2024 is distributed across four key categories. Notably, there are 906 permits designated for the first category, catering to managers and their deputies, while 5,054 permits are earmarked for the second category, targeting heads of structural units. The larger share of permits is allocated to the third (specialists) and fourth (skilled workers) categories, with 10,786 and 2,888 people, respectively. Additionally, there's a provision for up to 2,366 individuals to be engaged for seasonal work.

In a move to address specific labor needs, Kazakhstan has set a separate quota for attracting labor immigrants for household work. For 2024, this quota is established at 3.1% of the national labor force, equating to 271,300 workers.

Looking back at 2023, local executive bodies issued 14.5 thousand permits to employers, covering 78.5% of the redistributed quota, which was set at 18 thousand. Presently, 13,183 foreign nationals are contributing to Kazakhstan's workforce under permits issued by local executive bodies.

Comparatively, in 2023, the quota for labor immigrants in household work was set at 305.8 thousand workers, and local executive bodies issued 295,261 permits.

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