Kazakhstan companies checked for labor discrimination 29 марта 2013, 20:38
Official representative of Kazakhstan Minister of Labor and Social Protection Yernur Burakhan. Photo courtesy of flickr.com
Disproportion of salaries of local and foreign employees was discovered in over 50 companies in Kazakhstan, Tengrinews.kz reports citing Kazakhstan Prime-Minister’s official website. According to the website, this information was provided by the official representative of Kazakhstan Minister of Labor and Social Protection Yernur Burakhan. “The state inspectors have made checks together with prosecutors and we have the results already. 190 off-schedule checks were performed in two months and 108 facts of disproportions were found in 51 companies. 6 of them are Kazakhstan companies and 45 are companies with foreign ownership. According to Burakhan, most of the foreign employees are involved in the construction (44.3 percent), mining (16.3 percent), services (11.3 percent) and processing industries (9.8 percent). Some of the foreign companies have up to 11-fold salaries difference between local and foreign experts. “According to the checks, the salaries difference in some of the companies reaches 11-fold. The salary of a Kazakhstan engineer in Expertise s.r.l. makes 170,674 tenge ($1,138), while his foreign colleague makes 1,908,550 tenge ($12,724) at the same position,” Yernur Barukhan said. He noted that most of the foreigners are attracted as highly professional experts of various areas with managerial functions (79.5 percent) and blue collar workers (20.5 percent). According to the website, the statistics was gathered during an analysis and development of suggestions on elimination of disproportion in salaries between local and foreign employees. Most of the foreign workers who have disproportionally high salaries are the Chinese citizens. They are followed by the citizens of Turkey, Italy, India, Korea and Great Britain. The least salaries disproportion was discovered with the citizens of Romania, Australia, Belarus, Venezuela and the Philippines.