Learn about the hourly rate of work in Turkey according to the city and experience, and the costs of living in it, including housing, transportation, food, etc., in addition to the visas that Turkey offers to foreigners and the jobs available to them.
Turkey occupies an important geographical location, part of it is in Europe and the other part is in Asia, and this advantage is important commercially and culturally. It has a successful, large and strong economy, its currency is the Turkish lira, which is currently equal to 0.068 US dollars, and the unemployment rate reached 11.4% at the beginning of the current year 2022, which is a relatively high rate compared to other neighboring countries.
Turkey is distinguished as one of the few countries in the world that is agriculturally self-sufficient and does not depend on other countries for food resources. The proportion of young people in its population is large, and therefore the majority of them are well educated and educated, and have experience in technology, and thus Turkey is characterized as one of the advanced civilized countries.
Its privileged location at the crossroads of Eurasian roads, makes it a bridge linking the two continents, and makes it an attractive destination for workers from most countries of the world, especially for those who hope to gain a global business perspective, and aspire to imbibe a mixed work culture on a global level.
The capital, Ankara, as well as the city of Istanbul, which is the center of the country’s international relations, constitute the pivotal places for business and jobs in Turkey.
Hourly rate of work in Turkey
The working hour rate in Turkey is 45 Turkish liras, which is equivalent to approximately 3 US dollars, according to the current exchange rate of the Turkish lira against the dollar in the middle of 2022.
This value ranges between a minimum and an upper limit, meaning that a number of professions and businesses in Turkey pay higher than that hourly value, and a number of other employees receive less than it.
The difference in the hourly rate or in the monthly salaries in Turkey, is not limited to the type of profession, but rather to the city, experience, number of years of work, and some other variables.
The number of working hours in Turkey
According to the Turkish Labor Law, the weekly working hours of an employee in Turkey should not exceed 45 hours on average.
Like other countries, overtime is permitted, but each additional hour is earned 25% over the normal hourly wage, and employees are entitled to at least 14 days of paid annual leave after one year of employment at a work site.
There is also a paid maternity leave of six weeks, however, foreigners should not expect employers to adhere to some western holidays such as Easter or Christmas because more than 96% of the Turkish population is Muslim, only some international and multinational companies recognize it and give their employees It is an official holiday.
The cost of living in Turkey
The cost of living depends mainly on the level and style of living that the traveler chooses. If he chooses to live as a middle-class Turkish family, an amount of 14,776 Turkish liras (1,000 US dollars) per month may suffice him. At 44,328 Turkish lira a month, he can provide a good education for his children, get a Volkswagen car, for example, and get a cheap apartment.
And if he aspires to a high standard of living, he needs more than 73,881 Turkish liras per month (approximately 5,000 US dollars). The cost of living also varies according to location and housing.
Food and drink prices in Turkey
Market purchases constitute the largest portion of the salary paid per month. We will mention the prices of the most popular and used products:
A liter of milk: 10 Turkish liras.
A kilogram of rice: 22 Turkish liras.
Bread (500 grams): 6 Turkish liras.
– 12 regular eggs: 23 Turkish lira.
– 1 kg of chicken breasts: 55 Turkish lira.
– 1 kg of beef: 157 Turkish liras.
A 5 liter water bottle: 5 Turkish liras.
– 1 kg of bananas: 30 Turkish lira.
– 1 kg of apples: 13 Turkish lira.
– 1 kg of tomatoes: 12 Turkish lira.
– 1 kg of onions: 9 Turkish liras.
– 1 kg of potatoes: 9 Turkish liras.
Housing costs in Turkey
The average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the city center is about 3,428 TL, 2187 TL outside the city, while the average monthly rent for a three-bedroom apartment in the city center is 5910 TL, 3,694 TL away from the center.
The price of a Toyota Corolla or a car with the same specifications is approximately 337 thousand Turkish liras, and the price of a liter of gasoline is 17 liras. Public transport is the fastest and most effective way to get around, and a monthly card can be purchased at a price of 458 TL.
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Turkish visas for foreigners
If the traveler plans to stay in Turkey for a period of more than 90 days, he must either apply for a longer stay visa (more than three months) before travel, or obtain a residence permit from the local authorities in Turkey before the expiry of 90 days.
If there is an intention to work in Turkey, it must be ensured that the correct permits are obtained. The Turkish Ministry of Interior also provides the required information in an easy and public way.
If the visa or permit conditions of the person are not complied with, he may be fined, deported and prevented from entering Turkey again.
Citizens traveling from Britain to Turkey for tourism or business purposes can travel without a visit visa, which is up to 90 days in a period of six months.
If entry into Turkey is through a land border crossing, it must be ensured that there is a dated entry stamp in the passport before leaving that border area.
Turkish labor market for foreigners
Most foreigners who travel to work in Turkey guarantee a job opportunity before they travel to it. Usually a large number of foreigners are appointed to the Turkish branches of foreign companies, foreign embassies or NGOs. Those will not have difficulty in searching for a living, and the sectors of the Turkish economy that employ foreigners most are education and tourism.
Language teaching jobs are abundant all over Turkey, and although their wages are not high, they do provide enough money to cover most of your living needs.
A person who speaks English fluently, can work in giving private English lessons (earns about 30 Turkish lira per hour).
Work in the field of tourism requires English speakers as a major requirement.
Most employers in restaurants, bars and stores will not pay more than is required to cover the cost of living, and jobs in hotels and resorts pay better but are less available.
Regardless of where one is to work, proficiency in Turkish will be one of the main qualifications, if not one of the job requirements.
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