Youth Employment

Opportunities and regulations regarding work for teenagers in Azerbaijan...

Labour in Azerbaijan is regulated by the Azerbaijani Labour Code. Foreigners who work in Azerbaijan are covered by the same labour regulations as Azerbaijani citizens. The minimum legal age for young people to start working is 15.

There are fines for using child labour (under 15 years of age), and there are also fines if a child's health is risked and/or damaged as a result of working.

  • For further information about fines for child labour: Click here (PDF in Azerbaijani)

Working hours

A working day is eight hours long and a working week is 40 hours long. Young people who are under the age of 16 can only work 24 hours per week, while those aged 16 to 18 years can work 36 hours per week.

Employees are entitled to a lunch break. The duration of a lunch break must either be stated in an employment contract, or in the employer's procedures or handbook.

Annual leave is allocated as follows:

  • 42 calendar days for youth younger than 16
  • 35 calendar days for youth between 16 and 18
  • 30 calendar days for those who are over 18


An employee's wage must be specified in their employment contract and it cannot be less than Azerbaijan's average minimum wage. A salary can either be paid in two instalments per month with a maximum of 16 days between the two payments, or in full at the end of the month. Salaries are paid in Azerbaijani manats.

A monthly pay slip must include the following information:

  • Salary amount
  • Bonuses and benefits (if applicable)
  • Taxes
  • Monthly deductions for social insurance