Employees in Turkey

Overview by Globlatrade.net:

Working Conditions

Opening Hours
  • Legal Weekly Duration
45 hours. For further details concerning work regulations, click here.
  • Maximum Duration
Maximum 11 hours/day
  • Night Hours
From 8 pm to 6 am. It is forbidden to work more than 7.5 hours in this period.
Working Rest Day
The usual weekly rest day is Sunday. At week-ends public companies are closed. Some private companies are too, but it is not rare to see private sector staff working on Saturday morning.
Paid Annual Vacation
- Between 1 and 5 years working in the same company, 2 weeks vacation.
- Between 5 and 15 years working in the same company, 20 days paid vacation
- More than 15 years, 26 days paid vacation
Retirement Age
50 for women and 55 for men.
Child Labor and Minimum Age For Employment
Informal Labor Market
There are no official figures but it is estimated at 30-40%.

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The Cost of Labor


Minimum Wage
305 EUR / month
Average Wage
The average monthly gross earnings in Turkey was USD 1,168 in 2007.
Other Forms of Pay
  • Pay For Overtime
According to the law, overtime is paid 50% more than the normal rate. Overtime may not exceed 270 hours/year. However, in practice, this is left up to the head of the company.
  • Pay For Rest Days Worked
Days paid normally
  • Pay For Night Hours
No supplement
  • Pay For Overtime at Night
No supplement

Social Security Costs

The Areas Covered
Health, unemployment, income tax deducted at source and retirement.
Contributions Paid By the Employer: 19.5 %.
Contributions Paid By the Employee: 14%
Competent Organization
SSK - Social Security

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