Work in Istanbul


Qualified and experienced foreign professionals are likely to be hired in Istanbul. Job opportunities are available in various sectors. Find more information in this article…

Istanbul, Turkey's biggest city, is the country's main expat destination. Every year, it welcomes tourists and expatriates from across the globe in quest of new opportunities and a different lifestyle. Though being classified as World Heritage by the UNESCO, Istanbul remains the country's main financial, industrial and commercial hub. It is also known to be one of the world's biggest mega cities, its population amounting to over 14 million inhabitants.

Foreigners can quite easily find a job there given the decline in unemployment rate for a few years. Some sectors constantly require foreign expertise.


Istanbul remains Turkey's most important city with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of over $ 174 billion in 2013. Its main economic pillars are trade, industry, import and export. But financial services, banking and tourism sectors make a significant contribution to its economy. Note that Istanbul hosts many national banks head offices as well as branches of international banks and insurance companies, etc.

A new business center is currently being built in order to consolidate banking and financial institutions. Tourism has also strongly developed over the years through the construction of hotels, modern and luxurious accommodation and tourism infrastructure. Museums and places of interest also attract large numbers of visitors every year. Moreover, Istanbul regularly hosts international congresses and conferences. Hence, it has recorded more than 10 million tourist arrivals in 2013.

In fact, Istanbul has a diversified economy, including automotive and electronics manufacturing, tobacco and olive oil production, among others.

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Istanbul is known for being one of the world's most developed cities due to its historical, cultural and economic poles. It keeps attracting foreign investment as well as professionals from across the globe.

Find a job

Istanbul's labor market is very open to foreigners. Jobs are available in various fields, namely services, finance, banking, industry, commerce and tourism. The automotive and electronics manufacturing sectors also recruit foreign nationals. As regards those having strong language skills, they can be hired as teachers and lecturers.

You can start your job search on the Internet by visiting general and specialized job websites. You may as well check out classified ads in local newspapers or register with a recruitment agency which will help you find a job matching your profile more rapidly.

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