Istanbul’s Employment Map Outlined
Aug 16, 2017

The Identification of Employment Trends in Istanbul has been completed with support from our university. The results of the survey show that the younger population prefers graduate education rather than joining the workforce.


The "Identification of Employment Trends in Istanbul" project was completed with support from the ITU Faculty of Architecture, Marmara University Faculty of Business Administration, and the Istanbul Development Agency (ISTKA) along with participation by the Turkish Enterprise and Business Confederation (TURKONFED). The Identification of Employment Trends in Istanbul Project closure meeting was held at the Marmara University Sultanahmet Rector's Office. The coordinator for the project team was Asst. Prof. Dr. İlker Akgün of Marmara University, and included ITU Faculty of Architecture, Department of Urban and Regional Planning faculty, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Aliye Ahu Akgün, Prof. Dr. Gülden Erkut, and Asst. Prof. Dr. Başak Demireş Özkul, as well as Lecturers, Dr. Hüseyin Ekizler, Semiha Turgut, and Ömer Zeybek of Marmara University. The results of the project were shared at the meeting. According to the results of the research, in 2016, the sectors that created jobs in Turkey were agriculture, whereas the ones that generated employment in Istanbul were manufacturing, wholesale, retail, trade, vocational and technical services. The sectors in which Istanbul is the leader in sectoral based employment in Turkey were transport and storage, information and communication, finance and insurance services, real estate services, professional and technical activities and culture, arts, entertainment, leisure and sports sectors.

Young people stay in post-graduate education

The project, which has achieved significant results in Istanbul's work life and employment types, explored employment by age groups. According to the results of the survey, the population aged 55-64 in Istanbul is growing faster than the younger population. The younger population remains in post-graduate education rather than entering the workforce.

Turkey’s employees are aging

The research also reveals the fact that Turkey’s employees are aging. Experts say that, with technology, the flexibility of working hours will increase which will also increase work opportunities. The basic findings of the project will shed light on the problems of employment and suggestions for solutions in Istanbul.