Employment Outlook: Turkey

Employment Outlook Mar 07, 2017 No Comments

Turkey’s unemployment rate stands at 11.8%, but its employment forecast is positive, with slight employment increases predicted for the following year. The long-term employment forecast predicts an almost 8% employment increase by 2020.

By Mary Anne Thompson, founder and president, Goinglobal, Inc.

Many Turkish women work at low-paying, insecure jobs, and very few are employed in management roles. However, the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Turkish Employment Agency (İŞKUR) have launched a new project to promote women’s employment and improve their job opportunities.

Short Term Outlook

The country continues to suffer from a lack of qualified local talent in certain fields, which makes the job market exceptionally attractive to qualified foreign nationals. The most optimistic hiring plans come from employers in Turkey’s construction, finance, insurance, real estate and business services sectors. Significant hiring is expected in the electricity, gas and water supply sectors.

Long Term Outlook

Emerging Sectors:

• Information technology
• E-commerce
• Digital marketing
• Energy
• Construction
• Retail

Turkey’s services and industry sectors have opportunities for highly qualified foreign nationals, particularly in information technology, financial services, engineering, teaching, medical and health care, and management. Translators and English language editors/proofreaders are also in demand.

Turkey continues to experience challenges from its precarious placement in the world to its skills shortages and high unemployment. But despite these negatives, employers are optimistic about the future as sectors continue to grow and others, like digital marketing and e-commerce, emerge.

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Mary Anne Thompson

Mary Anne Thompson founded GoinGlobal, Inc. more than two decades ago as a result of her own experiences job hunting in Sweden. She believes that to uncover the real job opportunities, you need the experience and personal insights of trained local specialists. Mary Anne continues to be an active CEO who shares her strategies and insights directly with clients to help them strategically maximize GoinGlobal’s unique resources.

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