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Employer of Record (EOR) in Turkey

What you'll learn

  • Country Introduction
  • Tax Breakdown for Employers
  • Statutory Leave Laws
  • Minimum Wage and Working Hours
  • Termination Process
  • Additional Information
Turkey Introduction

Turkey is a transcontinental country that is located mainly on the Anatolian Peninsula in western Asia (and a small portion on the Balkan Peninsula in southeast Europe). The country is bordered by Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Greece, and Bulgaria. Turkey is a newly industrialized country, with one of the emerging and growth-leading economies in the world — it has a rich cultural legacy shaped by centuries of history and is one of the most visited countries in the world.

Paid Leave and Statutory Leave

Parental Leave

Pregnant mothers are entitled to 16 weeks of paid maternity leave at their full salary, usually split as 8 weeks before the due date and 8 weeks after. The maternity leave is paid by social security. Fathers/partners are entitled to 1 week of paid paternity leave after their child’s birth. Employees can also take adoption leave.

Sick Leave

There is no mandatory paid sick leave entitlement, however employers generally grant 1 week of paid sick leave upon receiving proof of medical reports. If the illness lasts longer than 1 week, the rest of the leave is unpaid.

Paid Leave

Turkey has 14 public holidays, and employees are entitled to at least 14 days of paid time off (depending on how long they have worked at the company). Employees can also take leave for bereavement or military service.

  • 1-5 years = 14 days of paid time off
  • 6-14 years = 20 days of paid time off
  • 15+ years = 26 days of paid time off

Wage Requirements and Working Hours

The minimum wage is TRY 5,500 per month, and a standard workweek is 45 hours at 9 hours per day. Overtime compensation is due for any hours worked past 45 in one week, and is paid between 150%-200% of the regular salary.

Termination Process

Process

The termination process depends on the employment contract and collective agreement and reason for termination. Contracts can be terminated if just cause is established.

Notice Period

The notice period depends on the employee’s length of time at the company:

  • 0-6 months = 2 weeks of notice
  • 6-18 months = 4 weeks of notice
  • 1.5-3 years = 6 weeks of notice
  • 3+ years = 8 weeks of notice

Severance Pay

Employees who have worked more than 1 year at their company and were unfairly dismissed are entitled to severance pay, which is calculated as 1 month of wages for each completed year of employment at the company.

Additional Information

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OVERVIEW
Language(s):
Turkish
Currency:
Turkish Lira (TRY)
Capital City:
Ankara
Population:
85.3 Million
Cost of Living Rank:
121st
VAT (Valued Added Tax):
18%
Employer TaxES
22.5%
(estimated)

★  2% - Short Term Insurance Premium

★  11% - Pension & Disability

★  7.5% - General Health Insurance

★  2% - Unemployment Insurance

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You've sourced a full-time employee or contractor located in a country where your company is not incorporated.

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Pass us the details of your candidate and we will let you know exactly what it costs to employ your candidate in that country.

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How Remofirst employs in Turkey

It can be prohibitively expensive to establish an entity in every country you want to hire talent in, so Remofirst will hire and pay your employee on your behalf while you manage their daily duties. Remofirst will handle formal HR procedures and employment contracts that adhere to local laws, so that you can simply approve invoices via our platform. When you work with an Employer of Record (EOR) you can compliantly hire the best employees around the world.

How employees in Turkey get paid
Your employee's hours, time off, holidays, bonuses, and commissions are automatically calculated into payroll. Remofirst will invoice you in either US Dollars (USD), Euros (EUR), British Pounds (GBP), Canadian Dollars (CAD), or Singapore Dollars (SGD) around the 15th of each month to make sure your employees in Turkey are paid on time in Turkish Lira (TRY). To make it even easier, you can summarize your entire global team's salaries to aggregate them into one payment (instead of many individual payments).
Full-time Employees vs Global Contractors

Unlike full-time employees, contractors work on projects with multiple companies at a given time and are technically self-employed. Full-time employees are solely focused on their employer and usually receive benefits (such as health insurance, equity or stock options, and time off) as an additional form of compensation. While it can be cheaper to work with international contractors instead of paying benefits to a full-time employee, you run the risk of misclassification. It's recommended to work with an EOR for contractor onboarding and payments, so you can know that your international contractors are paid compliantly and on time.

Dependable support for employees
Whenever the employee or employer has a question about benefits, Visas, or anything else related to international employment in Turkey, they can use our platform's chat function to get answers from our team of experts. Every client of Remofirst also receives a dedicated account manager that will serve as a point of contact for global HR support.