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Salary, which is the main benefit of working, may consist of various elements.
According to local legislation in Turkey, bringing these elements together in a
conscious way can make a difference in terms of both cost and motivation.
According to the Article 32 of the Labor Law, the general definition of the salary is: "The cash or non-cash benefits provided by the employer or third parties and paid with money in return for the work." Here, the "work" refers to an action performed by physical and mental human activity and its return is salary. Although the definition in the law is like above, salary refers to the sum of the cash and non-cash benefits that can be measured with the money and money paid to a person in return for the work performed in accordance with the instructions of the employer and in a certain period of time.
On the other hand, in accordance with the Article 61 of the Income Tax Law; it is stated as follows: "Salaries are money and goods given in compensation for services to those who work subject to an employer and in association with a specific place of business, as well as benefits derived which are capable of representation in terms of money. The nature of salary is not changed by the fact that it is paid under such titles as subsidy, compensation, cash compensation (compensation for cashier's responsibility), allocation, raise, fees, per diem, premium, bonus, expense compensation, etc., or by the fact that the earnings are established in the form of a particular percentage (provided they are not in the nature of a partnership)."
The significant point in the Turkish law the fact that whether the salary is paid in cash or non-cash/in-kind is an earning that must be taxed with certain exemptions.
Minimum Wage: It is the name given to the salary paid to employees for a regular working day to meet their essential needs at the minimum level at current prices in a sufficient way, which can be counted as housing, food, clothing, health, transportation, and culture.
Bonus: It is a payment added on top of the salary as incentives in cases where the work is done by the employee in a certain period is deemed successful according to various criteria. In order to talk about bonus, these criteria must be measured and evaluated. Bonus payment can be diversified through the employee's performance, per piece as a percentage of the work and according to other certain criteria. Agreement on bonus payment must necessarily be included in the employment contract or in its annexes. Bonus in Turkey is considered as salary, and subject to the taxes by adding it on top of the base salary. Although there are various exceptions, the SSI premium should also be calculated.
Additional Payment: As it is understood from description of salary above, all payments that provide an earning to the employer are considered as a salary, albeit under different names. For example, making one additional salary payment to employees per year or an additional payment based on the turnover made by a sales manager and a calculation made in proportion to the company's total annual income, does not change its nature of being a salary. Therefore, it is added on top of the base salary and subject to tax. Likewise, SSI premium should be calculated over these payments.
The concept of insurance, which can be defined as the elimination of risks that are likely to occur in the future and the damage of which are is impossible to predict, is subject to a differentiation between mandatory and private in terms of an employment relationship between the employer and the employee. Mandatory insurance appears as a system that meets the essential needs of an employee to benefit from health services provided by the state for the continuity of income during the retirement period and in case of interruption of the salary due to occupational or social risks. In Turkey, pension payment to be made and health care to be provided to employees are predetermined according to what circumstances and quantities to be made, and long and short-term insurance premiums are collected under these conditions. The social security system, which is regulated by the Social Insurance and General Health Insurance Law No. 5510 is presented without the consideration of the one-to-one benefit/cost balance different than the private insurances as a condition of the social state.
In practice, private insurances appear mostly as health insurance and private pension insurance. In addition, life insurance and personal accident insurance applications are sometimes included in the benefit packages of the organizations.
Private Health Insurances: In order to cover the various health risks of an employee, employer or employee may take out private health insurance. There are many regulations regarding the taxation of private health insurance premiums in Turkey. Private health insurance is one of the benefits commonly preferred by employees to benefit from health services and hospitals that are not covered by the mandatory insurance.
Private Pension System (BES): Private pension system, which basically aims to increase personal savings, is divided into two groups. While the first one can be the benefits provided by employees for themselves and/or by employers on behalf of the employee, the second one is the mandatory private pension system (automatic enrollment), which has been introduced by the Law No. 6740 on Amending the Law on Individual Pension Saving and Investment System that entered into force as of 1st January 2017. The system, also called automatic or mandatory private pension (Otomatik BES in Turkish), is a state-subsidized saving system that aims to ensure that employees maintain their living standards both during their active service term and retirement. Failure of the employer to fulfill its obligations in full and on time within this framework will result in administrative fines. Employees can exit the system by using their right of withdrawal within 2 months following the payment of their first contribution.
BES contribution is an amount that corresponds to 3% of the employees' earnings subject to social security premium and is paid monthly. Employees can contribute higher than this rate in line with their demands. The state subsidy is 25% of the contribution amount and the total of the state subsidy can be maximum 25% of the gross minimum wage for a (calendar) year.
Cars allocated to employees and used for business purposes in Turkey should be handled in two separate categories.
Within the scope of the Labor Law, it is not a legal obligation for the employer to pay for meal allowance; yet, if payment is to be made, this matter shall be specified in the employment contract. According to the Article 23 of the Income Tax Law No. 193 as amended with the Article 16 of the Law No. 4108, the benefits occurring from providing meal to the employee by the employer will be exempted from income tax. In this article, with the provision given in brackets, it is exempted from income tax within certain limits if it is done through a catering company (which is a taxpayer in Turkey) who provides food service to the employee (this amount varies every year) and the amount staying above this exception limit is taxable. Also, this exempted amount is not subject to social security employee and employer premiums. If the employer pays the allowance to the employee in cash, except through a catering company, or by providing the meal in the workplace, the meal allowance is taxable. In-cash meal allowance is subject to social security employee and employer premiums with certain exemptions.
Within the scope of the Labor Law, it is not mandatory for the employer to provide transportation allowance to the employee. This allowance should be agreed between the employer and employee and specified in the employment contract or procedures. In practice, it is seen that transportation allowance is applied in different ways. One of these methods is the provision of shuttle service by the employer. Another method is to provide it in the form of public transportation card, ticket or payment means to be used for this purpose. In case of providing transportation allowance in this way, tax is exempted in the amount of up to a daily transportation cost per working days, which is determined by the ministry every year. In case it exceeds the exemption amount, the exceeded amount should be processed as salary/additional benefit and income tax should be calculated over that. For example, if the employee is provided with "Istanbul Kart" (the public transportation card provided by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and can be used throughout Istanbul), the amount to be obtained by multiplying the daily number of exemptions announced by the ministry for the days worked will be exempted from income tax. It is also a common practice to pay transportation allowance to the employee in-cash. In this case, it should be included in the tax calculation without any tax exemptions. Transportation allowance payment in-cash is also subject to social security employee and employer premiums.
By company policy, various additional benefits can be provided to reward the employee for his/her high performance, overachievement in a project or duty or for completing a certain work period. While these benefits can sometimes come as a rise in the salary, they can also come as in cash or in-kind benefits.
In accordance with the Article 80/b of the Law No. 5510;
All payments other than these exceptions, regardless of the name under which they are made, are subject to premium. To sum up, apart from the exceptional cases, all cash payments are subject to SSI premium, while in-kind payments are not. Although in-kind benefits such as fuel, supplies and furniture are subject to income tax, they are not subject to SSI premium.
If a reward is given to the employee in gold, it should be considered as a cash payment and both income tax and social security premium should be calculated on it. Therefore, it is important to consider the commentary that the delivery of valuable gifts (watch, gift card etc.) to the employee that can be converted into cash can be subject to social security premium, even if they are given as in-kind benefit. Since the main point in gifts is the sentimental value, the higher will be the material value, the stronger will become the comment that they will be subject to income tax. The reward should never be more than of a sentimental value.
For example, if an employee is to be rewarded with a tablet computer due to his/her superior performance, the entire amount paid for this device must be grossed up on the employee's payroll (including Value Added Tax). In other words, the income tax of this reward must be paid. However, since this is not a benefit in-cash, social security premium will not be calculated. The fact that these payments can be performed as net (without grossing up) in various countries, raises different questions. Apart from exceptional circumstances, practices in Turkey do not allow gifts to be added on top of the payroll without grossing them up.
The entitlement of annual leave is regulated by the Labor Law No. 4857. The conditions, durations and right of leave are specified in detail in the Law.
One of the fundamental rights of the employee is the right to have rest and vacation from the work. These rights are regulated by the law with rest breaks, annual leave, weekends, and other similar provisions. These rights are untransferable and inalienable. In other words, it is a legal requirement to use annual leave.
The employee is entitled to annual leave (including probationary period) one year after the employment. In practice, it is common that, employees, who have not yet completed their first year, are also given annual leave to be deducted from their entitlement in the form of advance leave.
The annual leave periods according to service term (seniority) are as follows.
|Duration of Service Term in the Company||Duration of Leave|
|1-5 Years (5th year is included)||14 Workdays|
|5-15 Years (15th year is not included)||20 Workdays|
|15 Years and more||26 Workdays|
The statement "5th year is included" should be considered in the calculation in the following way: For example, an employee with a service term of 5 years and one day will be entitled to 14 workdays, while an employee with a service term of 6 years and a day will be entitled to 20 workdays.
The paid annual leave should not be less than 20 days for employees under the age of eighteen and over fifty. The duration of paid annual leave can be increased by employment contracts and collective labor agreements.
Annual leave cannot be paid as a salary, but if the employment contract of the employee is terminated, the unused leaves will be added on top of the payment.
Unpaid leave rules of the employees are regulated by the Labor Law under certain criteria. There are no specific provisions set forth in the Labor Law regarding employees' use of unpaid leaves due to any needs.
It is regulated by the law that employees who will spend their annual leave far from the workplace can be given unpaid leave for travel of up to four days. On the other hand, after the legal maternity leave, it is required to give unpaid leave of up to six months upon the request of the employee. Other leaves given by the employer are specified in the Article 55 of the Labor Law.
You can find the leave types effective in Turkey sorted out in the following table.
|01||(PAID) ANNUAL LEAVE||From the day they start working at the workplace, employees who complete their one-year working period, including the probationary period, are entitled to paid annual leave.||Employees gain annual leave rights when their employment term within the company reaches one full year. |
Annual leave entitlements based on the employment term:
a. 1-5 years of employment; minimum 14 days of paid leave/annually.
b. 5-15 years of employment; minimum 20 days of paid leave/annually.
c. 15+ years of employment; minimum 26 days of paid leave/annually.
*Employees aged 18 years or younger and those who aged 50 or over cannot have less than 20 days of paid annual leave.
|02||MATERNITY LEAVE||As of the 32nd week of the female employee's pregnancy, she has a right to have her maternity leave. The beginning of the leave can be delayed until the 37th week with the doctor's approval.||Maternity leave period is 16 weeks in total. (8 weeks prior to the birth and 8 weeks after the birth). In multiple pregnancy cases, the pre-birth leave period is set as 10 weeks.|
|03||MARRIAGE LEAVE||Employees gain marriage leave rights following their marriage.||3 days of paid leave is provided.|
|04||PATERNITY LEAVE||Male employees gain paternity leave rights if their spouse gives birth.||5 days of paid leave is provided.|
|05||DEATH LEAVE||Employees gain death leave rights in cases where first-degree relatives (mother, father, spouse, children, sibling) pass away.||3 days of paid leave is provided.|
|06||SHARED PARENTAL LEAVE FOR DISABLED CHILD||Employees gain rights to this leave type in cases of having a 70% disabled child or in cases of having a child with a chronic disease. Only 1 parent shall be able to have the right of leave within the scope of this leave.||10 days (at once or spread over time) of paid leave are provided.|
|07||MATERNITY HEALTH CONTROL LEAVE||Pregnant employees have the right to take leave for physician controls regarding maternity health during the pregnancy period.||Time period is not provided within the scope of the leave. Paid leave shall be provided to the employee by the employer when required.|
|08||BREAST-FEEDING LEAVE||Female employees gain the right to take leave for breastfeeding purposes. The leave entitlement is valid until the child/children reach(es) 1 year of age.||1.5 hours of nursing leave per working day shall be provided to the actively working employee.|
|09||CHILD ADOPTION LEAVE||The employee gains right of leave in cases of child adoption.||3 days of paid leave is provided. |
One parent of the adopted child is given 8 weeks of leave under the name of "maternity leave" when the child is at or below the age of 3; as of the date when the adoption process is legally finalized.
|10||JOB SEEKING LEAVE||Employees who are serving their notice period have the right to seek new employment.||2 hours for each workday is provided. |
Upon the request of the actively working employee, the employer shall provide the leave period as a bulk.
|11||CASUAL LEAVE||Casual leave rights that are given to the employees through the employer's initiative.||The employer is not legally obliged to provide casual leave rights, though these can be arranged through the contracts and agreements with the employees.|
|12||½ DAY PARENTAL LEAVE||This leave is provided to the employees, in cases of when their maternity leave period is over. Upon the demand of the either one of the parents of the adopted child, who is younger than the age of 3.||The length of this leave is dependent on the number of the children: |
-60 days for the birth of the first child,
-120 days for the birth of the second child,
-180 days for the birth of the third child,
shall be given to the employee.
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Data Controller: Boss Yönetişim Hizmetleri A.Ş.
Address: Astoria Towers Büyükdere Cad. No: 127 B Kule Kat: 8 34394 Şişli, İstanbul, Türkiye
Boss Yönetişim Hizmetleri A.Ş. ("Company") prepared this Clarification Text as the data controller to inform you, our valuable online visitors, about your personal data that we process in accordance with the Law on the Protection of Personal Data (hereinafter referred to as "KVKK") and the relevant legislation.
1. Your Personal Data Processed and The Scope of The Processing
Personal data is any data that identifies you or makes you identifiable. For example, your name, surname, eye color, phone number or bank account information are considered personal data. On the other hand, processing your personal data refers to all kinds of processes such as obtaining, amending, registering, storing, retaining, deleting, disclosing, and transferring your data. We have provided the following information about the personal data we process:
|Your Processed ID Data||Purposes of Processing |
Your ID Data
|Collection Methods of |
Your ID Data
|Legal Reasons Behind Our Data Processing Activities|
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|Your Processed Contact Data||Purposes of Processing Your Contact Data||Collection Methods of Your Contact Data||Legal Reasons Behind Our Data Processing Activities|
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Customer Transaction Information
|Your Processed Customer Transaction Information||Purposes of Processing Your Customer Transaction Information||Collection Methods of Your Customer Transaction Information||Legal Reasons Behind Our Data Processing Activities|
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Transaction Security Information
|Your Processed Transaction Security Information||Purposes of Processing Your Transaction Security Information||Collection Methods of Your Transaction Security Information||Legal Reasons Behind Our Data Processing Activities|
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2. Our Retention Period for Storing Your Personal Data
We store your personal data for a period of time stipulated in the relevant legislation or for the periods of time required by the processing purposes. We will delete, destruct or anonymize your data by ex officio or upon your request, if legal reasons requiring data processing disappear.
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4. Methods To Follow to Exercise Your Rights
You can share your application and requests regarding your personal data with Boss Yönetişim Hizmetleri A.Ş. via Data Subject Application Form,
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