Future of Kazakhstan’s labor market: latest trends

Quarantine is not an obstacle to earning money. On the contrary, restrictive measures encourage realizing creative ideas. A resident of Nur-Sultan, a mother of many children Kerbez Aryspaikyzy had to close her beauty salon during pandemic. However, she could not sit idle, and mastered a new skill of creatively designing gifts from dried fruits. She accepts orders online. The client base began to grow from the first days, and the hobby turned into a good source of income. Her entrepreneurial spirit worked here as well. Kerbez opened distance-learning courses and now shares the secrets of food floristry with students.

“There are no similar schools in Kazakhstan. We are the first to teach food floristry. People from cities and villages are undergoing these courses now. I have recently got a grant of 550,000 tenge (US$1,314) from the state, completed a month-long training and opened my own workshop for semi-finished products,” said Kerbez Aryspaikyzy, businesswoman.

Nowadays it is easy to learn the basics of entrepreneurship and how to do business effectively at digital platforms. These are modern realities. More and more often, various courses appear on the Internet where you can remotely undergo retraining, get a new profession and find a favorite job. A single portal will be created in the country soon for those who want to learn a new skill online.

“A platform for short-term online training is being developed at the Electronic Labor Exchange. We will launch it in July and try it out. We hope that with the help of this source, most importantly, we will train all those Kazakh citizens who leave applications at job centers online. Overall, our people choose the courses, which are most lacking, such as IT sector, business and languages,” said Nurken Tuleuov, Managing Director, Center for Development of Labor Resources.

For the development of this direction, a skills bank appeared at the Electronic Labor Exchange. This is a list of skills, which are the most demandable in the modern labor market. The list has nearly 8,000 skills, and it is updated daily. Experts are confident that this approach will help reduce the share of low-demand professions in Kazakhstan.