Turkey: New Mobile Job Search App, Assistance for the Unemployed

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By Jenny David

Aug. 5—The Turkish State Employment Agency (ÝKUR) has launched a mobile application to expedite job placement among smartphone users and a vocational counseling service with financial incentives aimed at getting welfare recipients back to work.

The mobile app, unveiled last month, allows job seekers to access a list of available jobs, read about them and apply for suitable positions. Employers can also post job advertisements directly through the app.

ÝKUR General Manager Nusret Yazýcý said the agency aims to place 10,000 information technology specialists in jobs each year, as Turkey's information and communication sector is projected to grow by 50 percent in coming years.

Assistance for the Unemployed

To decrease income inequality, ÝKUR said it has also launched a program called “At Least One Employed in Each House,” which identifies unemployed people between the ages of 18 and 45 who are members of households living solely on welfare aid.

Eligible candidates will be identified and directed to suitable jobs or vocational courses to prepare them for job placement, the agency said, adding that the program will also cover travel expenses and provide a 350 Turkish lira ($130) grant to those who start work.

The newly employed will also continue to receive one third of the gross minimum wage in government support to help them adapt to the working environment and ongoing counseling from “employment officers” working through the Family and Social Policies Ministry and the Social Assistance and Solidarity Foundation.

Minister of Labor and Social Security Faruk Çelik said 5 billion Turkish lira ($1.8 billion) would be invested in the program and other employment incentives aimed at the 2.85 million Turks currently listed as unemployed.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jenny David in Jerusalem at correspondents@bna.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Rick Vollmar at rvollmar@bna.com

Additional information on Employment Ministry programs is available in Turkish at esube.iskur.gov.tr.

For more information on Turkish HR law and regulation, see the Turkey primer.