Kazakh government to raise minimum wage, boost social aid


ASTANA -- Kazakhstan plans to raise the minimum wage in the country as part of a broad increase in social aid, Kazinform reported Thursday (November 29).

"Starting January 1, 2019, the wages of low-paid workers, including civil servants, will rise by 1.5 times," said President Nursultan Nazarbayev during a meeting on the efforts of the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection.

"This increase will also affect administrative, supporting and technical assistance personnel. The wages of 1.3 million low-paid employees in all economic sectors will increase up to 30% on average," said Nazarbayev.

Nazarbayev highlighted the need to increase pension payments, disability assistance and aid for the loss of a breadwinner.

Kazakhstan allocated 2.6 trillion KZT ($7 billion) for social aid this year, a 21.3% increase compared to last year, Nazarbayev said.

The government provided aid to about 103,000 families, or 534,000 people, within the first 10 months of this year, he said.

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Comment bubble | 2018-12-26

It would be good if they kept prices in check otherwise it is in vain, isn't it?

Comment bubble reply | 2018-12-30

Russia doesn't do even this much