Youth Employment Law

Information about the work opportunities and regulations for teenagers and students in Turkey...

Teenagers under the age of 15 may not be employed. However from the age of 14, teenagers who have completed primary school may work in light jobs that present no physical challenge and ideally provide an educational or vocational work environment.

Jobs for "child workers" (Çocuk işçi) might include:

  • Assistant at a sport centre or library
  • Assistant at fairs or exhibitions
  • Selling newspaper and magazines
  • Assistant in an office
  • Flower delivery

A teenager from age 15 to 18 - "young worker" (Genç işçi) - may be employed in the following type of activities:

  • Working in a butchery, grocery, fishery
  • Distributing flyers
  • Fruit and vegetable processing
  • Working in the service industry (excluding work in hotels, bars, restaurants and places serving drink and food)

Regulations are put in place by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security. There are restrictions on the hours a teen may work depending on their age, and employment may not interfere with school attendance. The minimum wage is also fixed.

  • For further information about youth employment law from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security: Click here (in Turkish)
  • For further information about child and young workers' rights: Click here (in Turkish)