The Turkish economy is projected to grow by 5% in 2021, but some risks could hurt this forecast. The World Bank believes Turkey may see a rebound in actual economic activity coupled with macroeconomic uncertainty and high vulnerabilities since inflation rates are expected high (recent currency depreciation). Inclusive and sustained economic recovery is possible if structural challenges such as low labor force participation of women, widespread informality, or weak skills are addressed. The Covid-19 related contraction in employment has been felt most harshly by informal workers, mainly in tourism-oriented service industries like catering and retail trade. In 2020, Turkey ranked #33 in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business index (Sources: World Bank, Reuters, and OECD).
A trusted professional employment organization with in-depth knowledge of the Turkish market, XML International provides you with end-to-end personalised solutions to recruit and manage remote team members for your activities in Ankara or any other city in Turkey regardless of the size of your organisation or your industry.
Employees will be employed pursuant to local labour laws, and all required social security and taxation will be paid to the local Authorities.
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The minimum wage in Turkey is 3,577.50 TRY per month.
Normal working hours do not exceed 45 hours per week.
In Turkey, annual paid leave is given to workers who have worked at the workplace for at least one year, including the probationary period, from the day they started to work. The duration of the leave depends on the seniority of a worker. The total length of this annual leave is at least:
Employees subject to an injury due to a workplace accident are entitled to receive payments from the Social Security Institution due to temporary incapacity to work on the same principles as sick pay. While sickness benefit is 67% of the daily income for treatment in outpatient clinics, it is 50% of the daily income for those receiving treatment in the hospital.
Female employees are entitled to 16 weeks of paid maternity leave. This 16-week leave has to be taken eight weeks before delivery and the remaining eight weeks after delivery. In case of multiple pregnancy, two more weeks are added to the eight-week period of not working before delivery. During the maternity leave period of 16 weeks or 18 weeks in case of multiple pregnancy, 66.6% of the daily earnings of the workers are paid. This fee is covered by the Social Security Institution.
Fathers are entitled to 5 days of paid leave.
Both the employees and the employers party to an open-ended employment contract are required to notify each other prior to the termination in accordance with the notice periods determined by the Turkish labor law. The duration of the notice period is based on the employee’s seniority—the period during which the employee was employed by the same undertaking. Starting from the date on which the notification is served, the contract is deemed to be terminated:
Probation periods are allowed in employment contracts and can be determined for a maximum of two months. The period which exceeds the maximum statutory period of two months is not deemed as probation. During the probation period, the employee and the employer can terminate the contract without a notice period and compensation. The probation period can be extended to a maximum of four months in collective employment agreements.
There is no action needed to continue employment upon passing the probation period.
The standard VAT rate is 18%
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XML International, one of the best workforce solutions and employer of record services providers for Turkey, supports the set-up and the management of your international workforce for all your activities in Turkey. Our invaluable input consists of streamlining and handling for you the complete employment lifecycle of your teams in Turkey. We give you all the keys to handle you staff in Ankara or any city in Turkey. XML’s knowledge of Turkey labour laws, tax and social security system, and employment regulations allows you to tackle the challenges of local compliance in Turkey, navigate all the local complexities and avoid pitfalls.
Among our top priorities, compliance with Turkish employment regulations and labour laws is number one. In addition to talent acquisition, recruitment services, and workforce management, we also ensure that our clients’ workforce management in Turkey is aligned with Turkish tax and social security rules and the latest immigration processes, including visas and work permits.
Here is the list of our core services supporting your activities in Turkey
Take advantage of the targeted outsourcing solutions proposed by XML International for your expansion in Turkey or for your employees already based there. We offer a comprehensive series of bespoke and scalable outsourcing solutions specially designed for the Turkish market.
They range from professional employer organization employment (PEO), employer of record, and contingent workforce employment services, to help you grow effortlessly and successfully in Turkey without any complications. We can also help you source, recruit, and onboard new team members locally, even if you don’t have an office in Turkey.
XML provides you with everything you need to start doing business in Turkey or to optimize your business if you are already operating there, leading to significant bottom-line savings and getting your business activities up and running in just days. Get in touch with the XML team to learn how we can boost your activities in Turkey in a cost-effective way.
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