Minimum salary requirements for work permits announced
11 Jan 21
IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? Turkey’s government has announced minimum salary requirements for foreign nationals with work permits.
What does the change mean? The gross minimum monthly wage is now 3,577.50 Turkish lira (about US$484.09) and the net minimum monthly wage is 2.825.00 Turkish lira (about US$382.27). Foreign employees must also be paid a salary that is commensurate with the position. The salary minimums are in effect until Dec. 31, 2021.
- Implementation time frame: Jan. 1, 2021.
- Visas/permits affected: Work permits, including renewals.
- Who is affected: Employers and employees applying for new or renewing work permits.
Additional Information: The monthly minimum salaries required for work permits are as follows:
|Category||Threshold as factor of the gross minimum wage||Monthly threshold in lira|
|High-level managers and pilots||6½ X gross minimum wage||23,253.75 lira|
|Department managers and engineers/architects||4X gross minimum wage||14,310.00 lira|
|Positions requiring expertise (which is not defined) and teachers||3X gross minimum wage||10,732.50 lira|
|Employees in the tourism industry (e.g., acrobats), as well as masseurs/SPA therapists||2X gross minimum wage||7,155.00 lira|
|All others (e.g., sales officers, low-level marketing officers)||1½ X gross minimum wage||5,366.35 lira|
|Household workers||Minimum wage||3,577.50 lira|
Analysis & Comments: The new salary minimums show an overall increase compared to 2020 levels. Employers should take into account the new minimums when planning their 2021 budgets, as applications that do not meet the appropriate salaries will be rejected. The new salary levels apply for both local hires and assignees on foreign payroll (with an assignment letter).
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