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Employment in Ulaanbaatar

Around 40,000 new people are arriving in Ulaanbaatar every year for work, resulting in the city’s population growing very quickly. However, as rapidly as Ulaanbaatar is developing, it is important to remember the city is not as modern as many global capitals.

Local Economy in Ulaanbaatar

Mongolia’s economy is currently growing at a faster rate than most other countries, but growth has slowed after the initial massive impact of the country’s mining boom. As Mongolia continues to embrace industrialism it is likely that mining will become increasingly important to the nation’s economic strength, and it is estimated that one planned mine that is in development could even contribute as much as a third of the country’s future GDP alone.

As a developing country, Mongolia’s economy is prone to more change than more stable nations. Anyone moving to Ulaanbaatar will be able to see for themselves what impact investment is having on the capital city, but in the outskirts of UB many locals still live in poverty and burn their rubbish for fuel. The gap between Mongolia’s working class and middle class is a concern.

Job Hunting in Ulaanbaatar

Mining and banking are two of the boom industries in Ulaanbaatar, but the rapid pace of growth in the Mongolian capital is also resulting in lots of jobs being created in property development.

Jobs are advertised online in English and it is advisable to find work before planning a move to Ulaanbaatar, as this is the easiest way to confirm the visas and work permits that are required.

It can be tricky for foreigners who do not speak Mongolian to find work in Ulaanbaatar itself after arriving due to the fact that the vast majority of local people do not speak any other language.

Income Taxation in Ulaanbaatar

If expats live in Ulaanbaatar for 183 or more days in a tax year, they will be classified as a resident taxpayer. Those who are based elsewhere for that time are deemed non-resident taxpayers.

Salaries, wages, bonuses, incentives, and similar employment income are all subject to Mongolia’s ten per cent income taxation rate, while there is a further ten per cent charge on income for social insurance premium.

Spring is here, and let us welcome the onset of sunny days by hanging out with the gang at La Rosa, undoubtedly the best Mexican tapas bar in town. Be it margaritas or mojitos, let's all make a night
Mar 29, 2024, 11:30 AM
18 attendees
Spring is practically at our doorstep after a seemingly extended (endless) winter, so to celebrate the mercury finally rising let us all catch up with the gang at 976. Wide range of hard to find beers
Feb 29, 2024, 11:30 AM
21 attendees
It's that time of the month again! Let's all catch up and grab a drink or three at one of the world's iconic entertainment brands right smack in the middle of the action in Ulaanbaatar. Bring your exp
Jan 26, 2024, 11:30 AM
20 attendees
Let's start off 2024 with a bang by hanging out with friends old and new at the sleek and snazzy LAVA Lounge, right smack in the heart of downtown UB. See you all on 26 January, bring your expat frie

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