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hire in Turkey

Turkey PEO &
Employer of Record

SALARY PAYMENT IN Turkish Lira (TRY, ₺)

CONTRACT LANGUAGES Turkish / English

PAYROLL TAX 22.50%

PAYROLL CYCLE Monthly

TIME TO HIRE 24 hours

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SIMPLE, COMPLIANT HIRING WITH HORIZONS PEO

Hire in Turkey

Horizons provides compliance solutions to ensure your business in Turkey operates in line with Turkey labor laws and tax regulations. Businesses benefit from hiring in, investing in, or job outsourcing to, Turkey in a range of industries, from customer service, to accounting services, to software development. We also process monthly payroll, and, as a Turkey Employer of Record, absorb all local employer liabilities. Partnering with our Turkey PEO is the quickest and most cost-effective way to enter the Turkey market. 

Facts & Stats

PEO Platform Hire in Turkey, and pay employees through our platform or app. PEO Cost Our Turkey PEO solution is the most affordable on the market. Time-to-hire Fast onboarding in Turkey, hire in as little as 24 hours.
Contracts We draft labor contracts compliant with Turkish labor law. Local Benefits We administer all mandatory benefits and contributions in Turkey. 185+ Countries It doesn’t stop with Turkey — we are an international PEO
stay compliant with Turkey labor laws

Employment Laws

Employment contracts in Turkey

Written contracts of employment are legally required in Turkey, so you should always produce them for your employees when hiring. Your contracts should be written in Turkish, use the local currency of the Turkish lira, and clearly state all relevant details such as compensation, working hours, benefits, and so on.

Fixed-term
Probationary period2 months, renewable once
Termination notice period

2 – 8 weeks minimum

1 month is most common

Severance1 month salary per year of service

 

 

Indefinite
Probationary period2 months, renewable once
Termination notice period

2 – 8 weeks minimum

1 month is most common

Severance1 month salary per year of service

 

Working hours in Turkey

The maximum length of a working week in Turkey is generally 45 hours. Beyond this, employers must pay overtime rates, which are 150% of normal pay. Alternatively, employees can be compensated with 1.5 hours of future leave for every hour of overtime.

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Public holidays in Turkey

There are several major public holidays in Turkey, and the majority of employees receive them off work every year as paid leave.

Turkey has a range of national public holidays that are celebrated annually. In 2022 these holidays are:
Date Holiday name
1 Jan Sunday New Year’s Day
20 Apr Thursday Ramadan Feast Eve (Tentative Date)
21 Apr Friday Ramadan Feast (Tentative Date)
22 Apr Saturday Ramadan Feast Holiday (Tentative Date)
23 Apr Sunday National Sovereignty and Children’s Day, Ramadan Feast Holiday (Tentative Date)
1 May Monday  Labor and Solidarity Day
19 May Friday  Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day
27 Jun, Tuesday Sacrifice Feast Eve (Tentative Date)
28 Jun Wednesday Sacrifice Feast (Tentative Date)
29 Jun to 1 Jul Sacrifice Feast Holiday (Tentative Date)
15 Jul Saturday Democracy and National Unity Day
30 Aug Wednesday Victory Day
29 Oct Sunday

Turkey vacation leave

Employees in Turkey are entitled to paid vacation leave after working with an employer for one year. From one to five years of service, employees receive 14 days of vacation. For between five and fifteen, they receive 20 days. For over 15 years of service, they receive 26 days.

Turkey sick leave

Employers are not required to provide paid sick leave. However, employees are entitled to social security payments when absent from work through sickness, and many employers also contribute. The exact terms of your sick leave benefits should be clearly detailed in your employment contracts.

Parental leave in Turkey

Female employees in Turkey are entitled to 16 weeks of paid maternity leave, with eight weeks before and eight weeks after giving birth. During this leave, they are entitled to two-thirds of normal pay.

Male employees are not legally entitled to paid paternity leave, but many employers do offer an allowance of a few days. The exact terms should always be laid out in an employment contract.

Terminations and severance in Turkey

In general, employees in Turkey are entitled to notice of termination. The exact notice period depends on the employee’s length of time with the employer:

  • Under six months of service = Two weeks of notice
  • Between six and 18 months = Four weeks of notice
  • Between 18 months and three years = Six weeks of notice
  • Over three years = Eight weeks of notice.

Alternatively, employers can pay severance at an equivalent to the mandatory notice period.

Additionally, any employee who has been with an employer for at least a year is also entitled to a severance payment. This is equivalent to the last month’s pay times the number of years of service.

Probation periods in Turkey are usually limited to two months, but can be extended to four months in some cases.

Taxation in Turkey

Employers and employees in Turkey are required to pay a percentage of salaries toward social security. The employee contribution should be withheld by the employer to pass onto the social security authorities. The contributions are:

  • Long-term insurance: 11% from employers and 9% from employees
  • Short-term insurance: Between 1% and 6.5%
  • Unemployment insurance: 2% from employers and 1% from employees

The income tax system in Turkey is progressive, with employees paying a higher percentage of salary in tax at higher income levels. The rates are between 15% and 40%.

Corporate tax in Turkey is 22% in 2020.

Health coverage in Turkey

Turkey has a combination of private and public healthcare, so many employers choose to offer private medical insurance as part of their benefits packages.

hassle-free Turkey compensation & benefits

Compensation & Benefits

Compensation laws in Turkey

In 2020, the national minimum wage in Turkey is 2,943 lira per month for full-time employees.

Minimum Wage Country Comparison Chart (Per month in USD)
Switzerland (Geneva) $4,000
Italy $2,255
Australia $1996
Algeria $156
Uzbekistan $22
Benefit management in Turkey

Many employees in Turkey choose to offer their employees benefits packages, including things such as extra pension contributions, a company car allowance, paid vacation days, a holiday bonus, and so on. However, setting up a benefits system in Turkey can be difficult if you are not familiar with the country’s complicated labor laws, language, and administrative norms.

Outsourcing your benefit management process to Horizons ensures that you can adhere to ensure compliance and speed up the process significantly. Our Turkey employment experts will help you to find and arrange your benefits, advise on your strategy, and ensure compliance with the law, potentially saving you a significant amount of time and money.

Hire in Turkey in 24h
without your own local entity.

With Horizons, you get quick service, transparent pricing, and expert support.

FAQs

A Turkey PEO and a Turkey EOR are two types of companies which specialize in providing human resources services to businesses in Turkey.

The main difference between a Turkey PEO and a Turkey EOR is in the scope of their services.

Turkey PEOs provide a full range of HR services, including payroll, benefits administration, and employee recruiting—all under one roof as a co-employer. Engaging a Turkey PEO is essentially outsourcing your HR duties in Turkey.

Turkey EORs actually take over as the legal employer of your employees based abroad. Turkey EORs become responsible for labor compliance for your employees in Turkey.

At Horizons, we offer both PEO and EOR services in Turkey. Get in touch now and let us know what service you are seeking.

A PEO in Turkey can feasibly hire both local and foreign nationals to work in Turkey.

However, the ability of Horizons to sponsor your foreign national employee in Turkey may be limited due to visa quotas practiced in many countries.

Contact us with your requirements and our Global Mobility team with review the case and get back to you within 2 business days.

In most cases, Horizons’ Turkey PEO can hire & onboard your employee within 24 hours. The actual start date of the employee will depend on their notice period obligation to their previous employer as well as any relevant hiring rules in Turkey.

It is possible to get a work visa in Turkey. Horizons’ Global Mobility team is a dedicated team of work visa experts. They assess the details of each case to determine feasibility and costs before Horizons applies for the work visa on behalf of your employee. If the Global Mobility team determines that your case is feasible, the process is smooth and transparent. Visa spots in Turkey are limited, however—get started today to secure your employees’ visa spot.