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Kazakhstan – Skills Shortage Worsens

03 May 2013

The Kazakh Statistics Agency said today that the skills shortage in the country is getting worse, especially in manufacturing and construction sectors.

The Kazakh economy is growing rapidly with GDP rising by +4.5% in Q1 2013, helped by high world oil prices. However in certain industries there are significant skills shortages that may undermine future growth.

"The biggest shortfall in workers is observed in the manufacturing industry (9,897 people), in the construction sector (5,278 people), and in health and social services (3,041). These sectors' share in total expected demand for workers was 60.7%," the statement reads.

In terms of regions, the largest number of job vacancies, as of 1 January 2013, have been seen in large and medium-sized enterprises in Astana city (5,044 jobs), Almaty city (4,964 jobs), East Kazakhstan region (3,039 jobs).

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