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What types of jobs do most expatriate spouses/partners have? Locally based or telecommuting? Full-time or part-time? Can you comment on local salary scales?

The EFM hiring freeze has been a real problem for morale but also embassy efficiency (fewer hours for DPO, longer waits to see medical personnel for non-emergencies, etc.). Turkey is a poor country compared to the EU with whom it competes, but it's still a prosperous country. - Oct 19, 2017
Most spouses work at the Embassy. There are a few that work for international schools around the city. It is possible to obtain a work permit, but salaries in Turkey are about a third of what the same job would pay in the US. - Sep 21, 2017
The embassy has a lot of EFM positions for all sections. They work hard to make sure that everyone that wants to work can find a job. Due to labor laws there are few options outside the mission. - Jun 8, 2017
If you are a diplomatic spouse, the restriction are tough. You can work at the embassy or in an "education/teaching" job. Or telecommute. This is a real struggle for alot of highly professional and qualified spouses here. - Sep 27, 2016
Some EFM positions and some English teaching options available. - Jun 14, 2016
Teaching, subbing, embassy work.... the usual three. - Feb 14, 2015
It depends on your legal status here and whether you know Turkish. - Jun 10, 2014
Not really. I was offered jobs at local schools provided I didn't apply for the work permit... - Apr 4, 2014
Yes, if you are willing to not go through the official channels and don't expect tons of money. Lost of teaching and translation opportunities. If you are expecting a job at the Embassy be prepared to be in competition with many others. Not many people speak English in Ankara so people who do not want to learn some Turkish and leave the confines of the American English population are desperate to work there. But like at all embassies, jobs are not great and not guaranteed. The people with the worst morale here in Ankara are dependents who end up settling for whatever they can snag for work from the few jobs at the Embassy and then complain about that. - Mar 31, 2014
No. - Mar 30, 2014
No. Diplomat spouses are prohibited from working on the local economy except in the education field. Consequently, many spouses seek to work at the Embassy. However the number of Embassy jobs compared to the number of applicants is inadequate and job hunting can become cut throat. Do not expect to get a job at the Embassy until you have been living here close to a year. - Jul 28, 2013
If you teach, yes. Otherwise, not really, unless you speak fluent Turkish. - Aug 4, 2011
Without knowing Turkish, it'll be difficult to find work in the local economy. A lot of spouses work at the embassy or the base. - Jul 14, 2010