Want to work in Turkey? All you need to know about getting a job in Turkey


In this article, we will explain in detail all the conditions of working in Turkey for foreigners residing in Turkey.

Finding a job in Turkey is not a difficult process and you can get a job with a little research and finding an employer.

It is also much easier to get a job in Turkey if you have the required experience for this job you are applying to and you can speak Turkish.

After being hired, you will be required to obtain insurance, which is part of your work history, and if the insurance continues, it is possible for you to obtain Turkish citizenship and become a Turkish citizen after several years.

Ways to find work in Turkey

Follow these tips to find the job you are looking for:

  • Track online job postings.
  • Keep track of publications in the daily or weekly newspapers.
  • Sign up for employment consulting firms.
  • Do a direct review of the recruitment institutions.
  • One of the most reliable methods, you can increase your chances of finding work in Turkey by registering with the Turkish Labor Organization (İŞKUR).

Turkish Labor Organization (İŞKUR)

The Turkish Labor Organization (İŞKUR) is a technical and professional employment agency, which works to find you a job, gives technical training and assistance to immigrants and foreign refugees residing in Turkey.

Foreign citizens and Turkish citizens can register on the website of the Turkish Labor Organization (İŞKUR).

Registration with the Turkish Labor Organization (İŞKUR) for employment in Turkey

If you have an identity number for foreign citizens (TC), you can easily go to the Turkish Labor Organization (İŞKUR) website and register there.

Of course, if you are not an Internet user and this is difficult for you, you can register in person at the Regional Office of the Turkish Labor Organization (İŞKUR).

Services provided by the Turkish Labor Organization (İŞKUR):

  • This organization helps you to register to find work or employment in Turkey
  • Providing career counseling services
  • Allocating salaries within the framework of unemployment insurance for the unemployed
  • Create job opportunities for people with special needs
  • Providing vocational training for people with special needs
  • Provide vocational training classes and entrepreneurship classes for the unemployed and people wishing to advance in their careers.

Training courses organized by the Turkish Labor Organization

Professional training classes

These classes are held to enhance the skills of the unemployed and give them a greater chance to find a job and work in Turkey.

Getting started training lessons

These lessons are held to increase skills and gain practical experience for the unemployed.

Participants in these training lessons spend their training with the employer.

These people can either find the required employer on their own or request the Turkish Labor Organization to find an employer for them.

Training courses in entrepreneurship

These trainings are held to help people who want to become entrepreneurs or promote their careers.

What should you pay attention to when starting a business in Turkey?

Once you find a job that suits your needs, there are a few things to look out for.

Things you must follow!

  • There is no need for a written contract for jobs that will be less than one year
  • If the employment period for the position you want is more than one year, a written contract must be signed.
  • With regard to the employment contract, pay attention to important things like type of work, place of work, and salary.
  • Make sure to obtain a copy of the contract.
  • The probationary period is a maximum of two months upon employment and starting work in Turkey. During the probationary period, the employer is obligated to pay salaries and insurance fees.

Working conditions in Turkey 2020

In 2020, working conditions in Turkey have changed slightly.

You can first obtain a tourist residence permit in Turkey and then convert it to a work permit in Turkey.

Therefore, the first condition for working in Turkey is to obtain a residence permit in Turkey or a Kimlik card (temporary protection card for Syrian refugees in Turkey).

Wages and salaries of work in Turkey

Turkish labor wages for low-level workers range from 2,000 to 2,800 liras.

But for higher-level jobs, wages range from 3,000 to 8,000 liras per month.

To get high-level jobs, it is necessary that you master the Turkish language or even English at the very least.

Learn in detail about the average wages in Turkey

Is Turkish language required in order to get a job in Turkey?

If you have knowledge of the Turkish language, then your chances of finding a higher level job in Turkey will increase.

But if you can’t speak Turkish, you can do things that don’t require language, like sewing and working in foreign restaurants.

In Turkey, if your major is accepted by the employer, you will get a work permit.

This means that you will be denied insurance and medical services will be free for you in this country.

Read more about the health care system in Turkey

You will also be able to obtain Turkish citizenship after 5 years.

Obtaining a work permit in Turkey

In Turkey, in order to obtain a work permit, you must either register a company that is fully listed in the relevant publication in the Turkish company registration fee.

Or if you do not want to register a company, the employer must provide you with your own insurance.

If you are covered by insurance and taxes for 5 years, you will be granted Turkish citizenship.

In the beginning, you have to pay the insurance costs for the first year.

After receiving the tourist residency permit in Turkey, the employer can issue you a work permit application.

Looking for a job in Turkey

The best way to find a job in Turkey is to get help from Turkish job search websites.

These websites make Turkish companies post their job needs on a daily basis.

You can communicate directly with the employer by sending your CV and personal documents.

One of the most popular job search sites in Turkey is Kariyer.

The next well-reputed site in Turkey that Turks also use to find work and also has an application on smartphones, is Isinolsun, which contains many job opportunities daily.

Private Employment Agencies in Istanbul

Employment agencies in Istanbul charge job seekers fees for searching for a job, which makes it profitable for them and vice versa for job seekers.

Unfortunately, in most cases, applicants are expelled after a short period due to non-payment of fees.

We recommend that you do not go to these people and institutions and apply for a job in Turkey as much as you can.

  • In your professional life, no one can discriminate against you for reasons such as language, nationality, skin color, gender, disability, political opinion, philosophical beliefs, religion, and so…
  • Nobody can force you to work.
  • The employer is obligated to pay your salary like any other employee.
  • The employer is obligated to pay you for your efforts. If your salary is not paid, you can force the employer to pay by referring to the relevant authorities or by filing a lawsuit.
  • An employer cannot compel you not to take annual paid leave. In addition, the employer is required to grant you leave for at least 24 hours a week.
  • The employer is obligated to take appropriate measures with regard to occupational health and safety.
  • You have the right to join employees unions.
  • You and the employer have the right to terminate the employment contract by observing the notice period.
  • If the employment contract is terminated by the employer or for good reasons, you are entitled to the salary assigned to you. (If the contract is terminated by the employer for justified reasons, then you may not be entitled to the salary for the prescribed years. For more information about the reasons, you can contact the Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Services on 170 or visit iskur.gov.tr.
  • In Turkey, foreigners are not allowed to work in some professions. For more information and for a list of banned jobs, you can visit ailevecalisma.gov.tr.