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Remote makes employment in Turkey easy. With our localized contracts, easy invoice management, and best-in-class compliance, you can grow your global team with confidence.
The Republic of Turkey (Turkish: Türkiye Cumhuriyeti) is an European unitary presidential constitutional republic that’s jointly famous for its magnificent mosques from the medieval ages, kebabs, and a rich history spanning over 8,000 years till date.
As the world’s 11th largest economy, Turkey has been witnessing a growth in industrialization, driven by gains in the shipbuilding, infrastructure, and technology, and consumer electronics industries.
83,614,362 (est. Dec 2020)
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Looking to employ workers in Turkey? Companies hiring in Turkey must either own a legal entity in the country or work with a global employment solutions provider, usually one that provides employer of record services.
Remote can employ your team in Turkey on your behalf through our local legal entity in the country and handle payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance for your Turkey team. You can also pay contractors now in Turkey with Remote.
The Turkish Constitution and the Labor Act of 2003 defines provisions for employee protections and workers’ rights for Turkey’s workforce of 32 million. Employees in Turkey enjoy protections against discrimination based on age, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, and race.
Common questions that could come up during the hiring process include minimum wage, overtime rates, and guaranteed paid time off. Remote can help you offer a complete, competitive, and compliant benefits package to your employees in Turkey.
Below are national public holidays applicable for all regions in this country. Remote customers have access to a detailed list of regional public holidays within the Remote platform. Sign up now to access all public holiday information.
|Sunday, January 1, 2023||New Year’s Day (Yılbaşı)|
|Thursday, April 20, 2023||Ramadan Feast Eve (Half Day)||Tentative|
|Friday, April 21, 2023||Ramadan Feast (Ramazan Bayramı)||Tentative|
|Saturday, April 22, 2023||Ramadan Feast holiday (Ramazan Bayramı)||Tentative|
|Sunday, April 23, 2023||National Sovereignty and Children’s Day (Ulusal Egemenlik ve Çocuk Bayramı)|
|Sunday, April 23, 2023||Ramadan Feast holiday (Ramazan Bayramı)||Tentative|
|Monday, May 1, 2023||Labour and Solidarity Day (Emek ve Dayanışma Günü)|
|Friday, May 19, 2023||Commemoration of Atatürk Youth Sports Day (Atatürk’ü Anma, Gençlik ve Spor Bayramı)|
|Tuesday, June 27, 2023||Eid-al-Adha - Half Day (Kurban Bayramı)||Tentative|
|Wednesday, June 28, 2023||Eid-al-Adha (Kurban Bayramı)||Tentative|
|Thursday, June 29, 2023||Eid-al-Adha (Kurban Bayramı)||Tentative|
|Friday, June 30, 2023||Eid-al-Adha (Kurban Bayramı)||Tentative|
|Saturday, July 1, 2023||Eid-al-Adha (Kurban Bayramı)||Tentative|
|Saturday, July 15, 2023||Democracy and National Unity Day (Demokrasi ve Milli birlik Günü)|
|Wednesday, August 30, 2023||Victory Day (Çarşamba)|
|Saturday, October 28, 2023||Republic Day Eve - Half Day (Cumhuriyet Bayramı)|
|Sunday, October 29, 2023||Republic Day (Cumhuriyet Bayramı)|
The Turkish minimum wage is fixed at 2,825 Turkish liras ($329.37) per month.
For customers of Remote, all employee payments will be made in equal monthly installments on or before the last working day of each calendar month, payable in arrears.
We can help you get a new employee started in Turkey fast. The minimum onboarding time we need is often 15 working days.
Our team ensures your employees are onboarded and paid as quickly as possible while keeping your business compliant with all local employment legislation. The minimum onboarding time begins after the employee submits all required information onto the Remote platform. The onboarding timeline is also dependent upon registration with local authorities.
For all non-nationals of the country of employment, the Right to Work assessment (if applicable) will add three extra days to the total time to onboard. There may be extra time required if we need to follow-up on the right to work assessment.
Please note, payroll cut-off dates can impact the actual first day of employment. Remote has a payroll cut-off date of the 10th of the month unless otherwise specified.
At Remote, we’re obsessed with helping you craft the best possible employee experience for your team. We are leading the way in practicing “fair equity,” which means making sure employees everywhere have access to both the required and supplemental benefits they need to thrive (and that will allow you to attract the best local talent).
Our benefits packages in Turkey are tailored to fulfill the local needs of your employees. Typically, our packages contain some or all of the following benefits:
Learn how employment taxes and statutory fees affect your payroll and your employees’ paychecks in Turkey.
2% - Short Term Insurance Branch Premium
11% - Insurance & disability
7.5% - General Health Insurance
2% - Unemployment Insurance
9% - Pension & disability
5% - General Health Insurance
1% - Unemployment Insurance
15% - 0 – 32,000
20% - 32,000 - 70,000
27% - 70,000 – 250,000
35% - 250,000 – 880,000
40% - 880,000+
Employees are entitled to paid time off equivalent to their tenure with an employer.
Employees aged 50 and above are automatically entitled to 20 days off annually, while workers engaged in underground activities (mining) are entitled to four days in addition to their basic vacation entitlement.
There are 14 public holidays observed annually.
Employees are entitled to sickness benefits after the third day on which an illness persists, paid by the social security office. Employers are not obligated to pay any sick pay for the first two days of an employee’s illness and can terminate workers after six weeks of sick leave.
Female employees are entitled to 16 weeks (18 week for multiple births) of paid maternity leave, starting eight weeks before delivery. If the employee dies during childbirth, any unused maternity leave entitlement will be transferred to her partner.
In addition, after completing her maternity leave, an employee can request unpaid leave for half of her weekly working hours for a duration of:
Fathers are entitled to five days of paid maternity leave.
Employee contracts can be terminated if a just cause is established, such as dishonesty, negligence, fraud, or any other work-related offences. That aside, notice should be provided in advance – provided both parties agree to it.
Notice periods in Turkey are determined by an employee’s tenure with the employer as follows:
Employees who are terminated unfairly are entitled to a severance package equivalent to one month’s wages for every year worked with the employer.
Probationary periods should be written in contract and should not exceed two months. The probation period may be extended up to four months by collective agreement. Within the probation term the parties are free to terminate the employment agreement without having to observe the notice term and without having to pay compensation. The employee’s entitlement to salary and other rights for the days worked are reserved.