As Central Asia's largest economy, working in Kazakhstan is an attractive prospect for expats looking for career development.
Most expats employed in Kazakhstan will find themselves working in the nation's capital, Nur-Sultan (previously known as Astana) or in Almaty. Abundant natural resources and a variety of thriving industries offer a number of opportunities for expats considering working in Kazakhstan.
Job market in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan has a number of valuable natural resources including oil, gas and metals. Prominent industries include engineering, construction, mining and manufacturing. As is the case with many countries in Asia, there is a high demand for English teachers.
There are also a number of expat government workers and diplomats working in Kazakhstan, most of which are based in Nur-Sultan.
Finding a job in Kazakhstan
Many of the expats working in Kazakhstan are employed by multinational companies, having made a transfer from a foreign branch of the company. This is a relatively easy way to begin working in Kazakhstan as expats will arrive with work secured. Others are not as lucky and have to face the daunting task of finding a job in Kazakhstan.
Online job boards and classified sections in local newspapers are a good place to start the search, but making personal connections in the country is likely to yield better results and more opportunities. LinkedIn can be a valuable resource in this case, as can local business meet-ups.
Work culture in Kazakhstan
Most businesses in Kazakhstan follow the classic 40-hour Monday to Friday work week, with an eight-hour workday.
Business dealings in Kazakhstan tend to be formal, and expats should ensure they are dressed smartly. There is usually a chain of authority in the office with the most senior members of the company making decisions. It's important to treat such individuals with a great degree of respect.