Talent Wiki – Kyrgyzstan

Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Kyrgyzstan

Capital

Bishkek

Currency

Kyrgyzstani Som (KGS)

Languages

Krygyz, Russian, Uzbek

Payroll Frequency

Monthly

GDP per Capita

$1,211.74

Employer Tax

17.25 %

Talent Overview

Kyrgyzstan sits as the 116th freest economy worldwide with an economic freedom score of 55.8. The country’s dependence on the trading bloc from the Soviet Union during the past era has made it difficult for them to transition to the demand economy. However, the country’s main economy is heavily dependent on the agricultural and raw materials sector.

Major economic hubs:

Bishkek, Osh

Skills in demand:

Education Professionals, Skilled Professionals (construction, trade, transportation), Agricultural Professions

Local Universities

The top local universities in Kyrgyzstan are as follows:

Kyrgyz Russian Slavic University

Ranking

Local: 1

World: 4835

American University of Central Asia

Ranking

Local: 2

World: 5260

University of Central Asia

Ranking

Local: 3

World: 5420

Kirgizistan-Türkiye Manas Üniversitesi (Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University)

Ranking

Local: 4

World: 5429

Kyrgyz National University named after J. Balasagyn

Ranking

Local: 5

World: 7193

Salary Data

Job Title Average Monthly Salary (in KGS) Average Monthly Salary (in USD)
Financial Manager 38,100 444.68
General Manager 34,500 402.66
Development Manager 26,100 304.62
Financial Analyst 24,400 284.78
Business Analyst 26,000 303.45
Project Manager 21,700 253.27

Talent Sourcing Tips

Top Local Job Boards:

Millionaire Makers, Job Island

Number of LinkedIn users:

179,600

Employing in Kyrgyzstan

Hiring in Kyrgyzstan requires you to be aware of the local employment laws, benefits, payroll, and taxes. Given below is everything you need to know on how to successfully onboard talents from Kyrgyzstan.

Employee Contract

Contracts in Kyrgyzstan must be written according to the requirements of the Labour Code. The contract can be written in any language the two parties agree on; however, it’s required to have a Kyrgyzstan version to be recognized by the law.

Probation Period

The probationary period for new employees ranges from 3 to 6 months. 

Public and Provincial Holidays

Date Name Type
1 Jan New Year Public Holiday
2 Jan Day off for New Year Public Holiday
3 Jan Public Holiday Public Holiday
4 Jan Public Holiday Public Holiday
5 Jan Public Holiday Public Holiday
6 Jan Public Holiday Public Holiday
7 Jan Orthodox Christmas Day Public Holiday
23 Feb Defender of the Fatherland Day Public Holiday
8 Mar International Women’s Day Public Holiday
20 Mar Nooruz Public Holiday Public Holiday
21 Mar National Holiday “Nooruz” Public Holiday
7 Apr April People’s Revolution Day Public Holiday
22 Apr Orozo Ait (Tentative Date) Public Holiday
24 Apr Day off for Orozo Ait (Tentative Date) Public Holiday
1 May May Day Public Holiday
5 May Constitution Day of the Kyrgyz Republic Public Holiday
8 May Constitution Day Holiday Public Holiday
9 May Victory Day Public Holiday
29 Jun Kurman Ait (Tentative Date) Public Holiday
31 Aug Independence Day of the Kyrgyz Republic Public Holiday
6 Nov Days of History and Memory of Ancestors Holiday Public Holiday
7 Nov Days of History and Memory of Ancestors Public Holiday
8 Nov Days of History and Memory of Ancestors Holiday Public Holiday

Employee Leaves

Type of leave Time period Mandatory
Annual leave/Earned Leave 4 weeks Yes
Sick Leave Depends on the company Yes
Maternity Leave  136 days Yes

Payroll

Payroll Cycle

Employees in Kyrgyzstan are paid on a monthly basis.

Minimum Wage

The minimum wage in Kyrgyzstan is KGS 1,970.00 monthly.

Overtime Pay

The standard working hours in Kyrgyzstan are 40 hours per week. The overtime pay in Kyrgyzstan must not be less than 1.5 times the employee’s normal rate for the first two hours. Employers must pay at the least, 2 times the normal rate when exceeding 3 or more overtime hours.

Bonus

13th Month Pay

The 13th-month pay is not mandatory in Kyrgyzstan.

Employee Benefits

Full-time employees in Kyrgyzstan are ensured to have insurance benefits such as

  • Social Fund
  • Health Fund
  • Pension
  • Unified Monthly Benefit
  • Disability pension
  • Survivorship Pension
  • Monthly Social Benefit
  • Compulsory Insurance

Taxes

Employer Payroll Tax

Employer Type Contribution Rate (%)
Obligatory Social Security 2.00
Employees Health Fund 0.25
Pension Contributions 15.00
Total 17.25

Employee Payroll Tax

Employee Type Contribution Rate (%)
State Cumulative Pension Fund 2.00
Pension Contributions 8.00
Total 10.00

Employee Income Tax

A 10% flat rate is applicable to most types of individual incomes.

VAT

The standard VAT in Kyrgyzstan is 12%, except for certain zero-rated supplies and exempt turnover.

Offboarding & Termination

Fixed term Employees in Kyrgyzstan can be terminated for the following reasons.

  • Liquidation of organization
  • Downsizing / Reorganization
  • Unfit for role / work
  • Change of ownership
  • Failure to work responsibilities
  • Behavior issues

The notice period before termination for probationary employees is a minimum of 3 days. For regular employees, it depends on the contract between the two parties.

Employees are entitled to a severance pay with a minimum of two average monthly wages.

Visa and Immigration

You can apply for a Business Visa for Kyrgyzstan for up to 60 days with the purposes of negotiations, conferences and meetings, sporting events. These events must be organized by either state offices, local governments, international organizations, and legal entities.

The documents and requirements for in-person application are the same with the website. You will find all the necessary information once you go through the application process.

On the other hand, you can contact or go to your local Kyrgyz embassy to know the required documents for visa application.

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