The concept of decent work was firstly announced by Juan Somavia at the ILO conference in 1999. Somavia emphasized that the primary targets of ILO should be freedom, equality, security and most importantly enhancing decent work opportunities for men and women within the context of human rights. Since then, numerous studies have been made on measuring decent work. Decent work is integral to efforts to reduce poverty and is a key mechanism for achieving equitable, inclusive and sustainable development. It involves opportunities for work that is productive and delivers a fair income, provides security in the workplace and social protection for workers and their families, and gives people the freedom to express their concerns, to organize and to participate in decisions that affect their lives. The paper discusses the goals and features of the four decent work components namely, rights at work, employment,social security and social dialogue. Each of these elements are with each other in an inseparable unity. In this study, firstly an evaluation of elements of decent work would be made then the methodologies that developed for measuring decent work would be elaborated. Secondly, an assessment of decent work for Turkey would be made in the light of statistical data in comparison with OECD countries would be presented. Finally, an index of decent work for Turkey would be displayed.
Decent work, Employment, Social Security, Social Dialog, Turkey