Job In Turkey

How to get a job in Turkey? A quick guide for foreigners and Turkish people

If you have already a work permit, you can just go down to see how to find a job in Turkey.
If you are not a Turkish national, you can look for work in Turkey but you cannot get a work permit on your own. To get a job
 in Turkey, you need to have a job offer first. An employer, or a consultancy company, or a work agency should apply for a work visa in your name, once they have decided to employ you.
If you are abroad, you can apply through the local Turkish consulate to get your work permit. If you are in Turkey, your boss must apply on your behalf for your job visa. 

To get a job visa in Turkey will need to provide the following documents: 

  • Your passport with the least validity of six months. 
  • Your qualifications, those are your school or university degrees and your various certificates of professional development 
  • The completed application form for a work permit, normally it goes with Four biometric passport photos.
  • Your employer will be also required to send a letter confirming your job offer to the Turkish Ministry. 

The two good news are that:

  • once you get a job offer, it should not be difficult to get a visa, and
  • the work permit stays with you even if you lose the job, in most cases.

So focus on finding a job and all the rest should be easy.

How to find a Job in Turkey? 

You can start looking around at some useful job listing websites.

  • Google: when you start job hunting, a simple google search can be a good start. Look for the kind of job you would like to do, for example, “Arabic tutor in Gaziantep” or “Delivery driver in Ankara”. Use the language that you feel most comfortable speaking. Don’t stop at the first pages and go deep with your search. You’ll get an immediate feeling of what’s around and of which job websites are best suited for your needs.
  • Facebook Jobs: can be also an option to start to see what’s around you. You can also ask around in the Facebook groups that are relevant to your profession, or your language or nationality, or just relevant to your wider interests.
  • is maybe the most popular Turkish job search site. It is only in Turkish. 
  • Indeed is one of the most popular job sites in Turkey. It is written in Turkish.
  • Yenibiris A Turkey job search site. 
  •  Another very popular job site in Turkish.
  • Jooble is also quite a big website.
  • Mitula is another classified ads platform with a section about careers.
  • is one of the most popular shopping classified platforms in Turkey, and in the world,  where people and businesses buy and sell a wide range of stuff and services. It has good job listings as well. It’s free for everyone looking for a job.
  • Secret CV Turkey For help in finding work in Turkey, 
  • Includes job listings,  
  • İşkur is available in Turkish and English, for other languages you will have to Google Translate the website. İşkur is the website of the national employment agency of Turkey. it has offices in all the provincial capitals. While it is focused on Turkish workers, you can find jobs in any given province. In most cases, it would be a necessity to be able to speak basic Turkish, but it’s definitely somewhere to look for opportunities.
    Iskur Job Postings is also a valid job posting resource

The Ministry of Labor and Social Security website can be used as a reference when in doubt about your labor right and Labor Law in Turkey: can be a good source of knowledge for many topics related to labor law.
A popular resource if you need to buid your cv can be

Job in Turkey you can do

Part-time work 

The part-time work is available throughout Turkey, especially in tourism (tourism). You won’t be well-paid for this kind of job, and as a result, it’s better for those young people who don’t want to save. For example, if you’re working in a bar, you might get paid enough for your rent.

Note also that many part-time jobs pay in cash and employers will not be sponsoring work visas. Although this is usually not an issue, you should be conscious that you can work in certain cases. Also, you should not any expect protection from dishonest employers.

Teaching English in Turkey 

In case you are not able to secure a teaching job before you arrive in Turkey. Then you will need to visit schools in person to ask about openings. You must have advanced degrees and certifications for teaching to get the best jobs.

Try visiting some private schools if you feel your qualifications may be lacking. Make sure you have your passport, a copy of your degree, a teaching certificate, and a resume.
Also, Dershanes recruits teachers without formal teaching certifications.

If you are looking for English teacher jobs online than use websites. 

Some website like  TEFL and Dave´s ESL Cafe offers up-to-date listings of open positions. 

Care giver

How To Get a Job In Turkey?


Have a strong network with ex-pats or Turkish professionals. You can ask both Turkish and ex-pat friends for a job opening in their companies. 

You can join business groups on LinkedIn and other networking sites. Also, go to meetings and events where you can meet other Turkish professionals. 

  • in your area or about the kind of job you wan to find or for people that speak the same language.

Work Independently By Starting Your Own Business 

Turkey’s labor laws require an employer to receive an individual work permit in Turkey. This option is only for someone who has resided legally in Turkey for at least five years. The intends to start a business that will benefit the Turkish economy.

For freelance working:

Like working online, the issue seems to involve the legal definition of “working in Turkey.”

From the legal advice, we have received, if you don’t get paid in Turkey or cut invoices in Turkey. Or if you are not performing tasks for a specific person or company in Turkey for pay. In that case, you are not “working in Turkey.” 

There are no cases where this legal advice is tested. This is completely based on legal opinions and not on legal precedents. 

Joining a friend

You will meet in Turkey with small business owners. Who asks you to be a partner. It is generally wrong for someone with whom you don’t know well to enter into a business relationship. Particularly when it comes to paying money into a Turkish business.

Everything will go well, but as compared to your Turkish partner you will have a major downside. And your Turkish partner has a fair chance that your money isn’t your involvement. You may have a bad experience until your money is spent.

Turks can be very helpful and adorable. More than you used. And it is not uncommon for a Turk to only speak about their business. And with positive aspects while not keeping important negative details.

Working without work pemit.

In cities and towns, in particular, law enforcement officers often inspect businesses. To check if anyone is operating there. And if a competitor learns that your employer employs you unlawfully. Your employer will likely announce it.

If caught, you could be detained for a not long period of time, weeks or sometimes months, and prohibited from entering Turkey for the next five years. If you request a visa for visitor visa. You will collect a significant fine. And also if you have a residency permit, not to mention the fines your employer will face for hiring you.
You should always seek legal assistance if you end up in a situation like that.

Work Permit For Turkey

  • You need a work visa to work in Turkey.    
  • Most of the job permits, provided by the Ministry of Labor and Social Security.
  • And the Ministry of Economics provides workers in free zones.
  • Ministry of National Education provides for educational employees.
  • Your work permit is in the form of an ID card and will also be your permit for residency.

In Turkish, job permits must be subject to Article 4 of Law 4817.

Types of Work Permit

There are two main types of work permits-

  1. For a definite period
  2. For an indefinite period

For a definite period

It is the sort of job that most visitors receive. The employee must have an employer for work authorization, and he is “dependent”.  It has to be issued for one year. That must extend every year. Thereafter, and subject to a ‘definite period.’ The application may be made from outside or within Turkey for this form of work permit.

Applying from Outside of Turkey

If you are outside of Turkey, you must get a job offer letter and/or contract first. Then, in coordination with your employer, you must submit a work visa application at a Turkish embassy or consulate in your home country or where you legally reside. Your application, and your employer’s application, must happen within ten business days of each other. After the employer’s application and your application are approved, you will get your work visa, which you will use to travel to Turkey, receive your work permit, and go to work. Learn more about applying for a work permit from outside of Turkey.

Applying from Inside of Turkey

If you are inside Turkey and have completed at least six months of legal residence, you can also apply for a work permit. Again, you must first have a job offer from an employer.

The requirements and process are the same as for an application from outside of Turkey, except that you and your employer will make your applications directly to the Çalışma ve Sosyal Güvenlik Bakanlığı (Ministry of Labor and Social Security)

since there is no need for you to get a work visa (since you are already in Turkey). When you apply from inside of Turkey, your employer, and your, must submit your applications within six business days of each other. Learn more about applying for a work permit from inside of Turkey.

Category 2: Independent Work Permits for an Indefinite period

This category of work permits is “independent,” because you don’t have to have a specific employer to get work permits. It is “indefinite” because it doesn’t have to be renewed every year. However, certain reporting requirements exist. For example, you will need to report any changes of employer, and changes of address. There are two types of independent, and indefinite, work permits.

Unlimited Work Permits

If you have legally worked in Turkey for at least five years, or legally lived in Turkey for at least eight years, without interruption, you are eligible to apply for an unlimited work permit. This type of work permit enables you to work for any employer you want, and change from employer to employer without having to get a new work permit. Learn more about unlimited work permits.

Independent Work Permits

This type of work permit is for entrepreneurs, who intend to set up a company in Turkey. It enables you to work for six months to set up your company. Once your company is established, your work permit will be extended with an indefinite duration. To be eligible, you must first live in Turkey for at least five years without interruption. There isn’t a set “process” for this type of work permit, and it will require submitting a business plan, among other documents, to the Ministry of Labor and Social Security. Learn more about independent work permits.

Restricted Professions

Some professions may only be practiced by Turkish citizens. They are:

  • Dentist, midwife, nurse, or pharmacist
  • Veterinarian
  • Hospital Director
  • Lawyer
  • Public Notary
  • Security Guard
  • Sea Captain, Merman, Fisherman, or Diver
  • Customs Consultant.


Your Work Permit is Only for a Single Employer

If you have a dependent work permit, you cannot change from one employer to another with the same work permit. If you get another job, you will have to get another work permit to work for your new employer. If you have an independent work permit, and change employers (or change your address), you must notify the local office of the Ministry of Labor and Social Security.

Useful Telephone Numbers

You can contact the Ministry of Labor and Social Security using their national customer service number, which, from within Turkey, is 170. From outside of Turkey, call +90 216 170 1122.  If you will be working at a University, contact the Council of Higher Education, at +90 312 298 7000.


So it is best to seek counsel from a Turkish legal professional.