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  1. Overview: Turkey
  2. Global PEO and Payroll
  3. Global HR Compliance
  4. Work Permit for Hiring Expats via EOR
  5. Expand without a company set up
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Employer of Record (EOR) in Turkey

What Is a Global Employer of Record in Turkey?

The Global Employer of Record is a third-party entity that acts as the legal employer for a company’s workforce in countries outside of the company’s home country. The global EOR assumes responsibility for payroll processing, tax compliance, benefits administration, employment contracts, and other human resources tasks related to managing employees in different countries.

When a company expands into a new market or hires remote workers in a foreign country, it may face challenges related to employment laws, regulations, and cultural differences. A global EOR helps companies navigate these complexities by taking on the legal and administrative responsibilities of employing workers abroad. This allows companies to focus on their core business operations while leaving the HR functions related to international employment to the EOR.

Due to the ever-changing regulatory environment, companies are held accountable for compliance with employment and tax regulations across multiple jurisdictions and seek to understand their global employment risk and how to mitigate it. This means that to be successful in the worldwide employment markets; companies must focus on using efficient global HR models, such as Global EOR, that ensure compliance with complex legal requirements, eliminate risk, and support the needs of their business.

One of the key benefits of working with a global EOR is that it can help companies quickly establish a presence in new markets without setting up a legal entity, which can be time-consuming and costly. Additionally, a global EOR can provide a level of expertise in international employment laws and regulations that may be lacking within the company.

6 Benefits Global Employment Solution in Turkey

Expanding a business into new markets is an exciting and strategic step forward but comes with various HR and compliance challenges. Acumen International’s Global Employment Solution provides businesses with a comprehensive end-to-end solution to manage their global workforce while complying with local labor and tax laws. In this blog post, we’ll dive deeper into the six key advantages of our solution.

1. All-In-One Solution

Acumen International’s Global Employment Solution is an all-in-one HR package that provides businesses with everything they need to establish and manage a compliant and efficient workforce in new markets. We offer comprehensive services, from visa and work permit support to risk, cost, and liability coverage, saving businesses time and effort.

2. Global Mobility Services: Visa, Work Permit, Immigration Support in Turkey

Navigating the visa and work permit processes and complying with local immigration laws can be challenging for businesses operating in new markets. Acumen International’s global mobility services provide businesses with visa and work permit support, immigration assistance, and documentation support. We ensure all necessary requirements are met, and deadlines are followed, ensuring a smooth and efficient relocation process.

3. 100% Labour and Tax Law Compliance in Turkey

Acumen International guarantees 100% compliance with local labor and tax laws in 190 countries. Our solution protects businesses from fines, legal disputes, and reputational damage resulting from non-compliance. We stay up-to-date with all local laws and regulations to ensure our clients are always compliant.

4. Drafting Compliant Employment Contracts in Turkey

Employment contracts are essential to protect businesses from legal disputes and ensure they comply with local labor laws. Acumen International’s legal team drafts compliant employment contracts that comply with all local labor laws and regulations, protecting businesses from legal disputes and compliance issues.

5. Hybrid (Local and Foreign) Talent Engagement in Turkey

Acumen International’s global employment solution enables businesses to engage hybrid talent, including remote and freelance workers, as part of their global workforce. This allows businesses to expand their talent pool and achieve operational flexibility without compromising compliance. Our solution ensures that businesses can hire the best talent for the job, regardless of their location.

6. Employment Risk, Cost, and Liability Covered in Turkey

Expanding a business into new markets can be risky, costly, and come with legal liabilities. Acumen International’s global employment solution provides comprehensive risk, cost, and liability coverage for businesses operating in 190 countries. Our solution protects businesses from unforeseen expenses and legal disputes, allowing them to focus on their core operations.

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Global Employment in Turkey — Recruitment. Onboarding. Management. Retention. Termination

1. Recruitment

2. Global Mobility

3. Checks

4. Onboarding

5. Payroll Administration

6. Working Time & PTO Processing

7. Benefits Administration

8. Tax Administration & Reporting


Talent skilled in highly-specialized areas Employee Work Visa and Work Permit sponsorship Health checks Employment Agreement drafting In-country registration with statutory bodies Working hours Mandatory Benefits Tax Reporting frequency and requirements; Employment agreement termination:
Executive search Dependent Visa Criminal record checks Compliant worker onboarding on your behalf Day-to-day payroll management Overtime Health insurance Employer taxes & contributions Dismissal – by the employer
Contingency workforce Visa extension Background checks Account setup in the payroll and HR system​ Monthly pay slips or other pay frequency Public holidays Workers’ compensation Employee taxes & contributions Resignation – by the employee
Application for a sponsor license for a foreign national Education checks Employee data entry and records maintenance Accruals Annual leave Unemployment insurance Withholding tax Termination by mutual agreement
Relocation assistance Managing probation periods Allowances Parental leave Voluntary Benefits Local tax payments and reporting to local authorities Notice period handling
13th and 14th salary Sick leave Share plans for executives End of financial year reporting Final settlement & severance payments
Additional leave Bonuses & Equipment provision De-registration with statutory bodies
Expenses reimbursement & business trip processing
Health insurance, dental treatment

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Global Employment Burdens Acumen Global EOR Helps Alleviate in Turkey

1. Compliance

  • Compliant hiring and payroll in 190+ countries
  • Ongoing monitoring of legal, firing & firing regulations
  • Tax & benefits guidance
  • Continuous labour, tax, payroll, and immigration compliance monitoring & updates.

2. Risk Control

  • Permanent establishment risk
  • Worker misclassification risk
  • Under-taxation risk
  • HR & immigration compliance risk
  • Intellectual property right risk.

3. Need for Local Incorporation in Turkey

  1. Outsourced HR support upon new market testing
  2. HR arm upon global expansion
  3. Business in transition – M&As, close-downs.

4. Employee Transfer in Turkey

  • From PEO to PEO
  • From EOR to EOR
  • From legal entity to legal entity
  • Convert Independent Contractors to full-time employees.

5. All-in-one Global Employment Solution in Turkey

Acumen Global Employer of Record offers integrated global employment solutions under one roof and can replace multiple vendors, including:

  1. Payroll Company
  2. Employee Benefits Broker
  3. HR Consultants
  4. Background Checks Vendors
  5. IP Attorney
  6. Tax Advisor
  7. Translation service
  8. Legal Advisor
  9. Immigration Advisor
  10. HR Compliance Advisor.

6. Global Knowledge. Local Expertise and Support in Turkey

  • Faster time-to-hire with streamlined paperwork and communication
  • One platform to onboard and manage all team members
  • Streamlined global payroll
  • Single source of truth for contracts and documents
  • Dedicated customer service
  • 24/7 local support
  • Simplified hiring for Full-time employees and contractors
  • Expertise with hiring and firing local and foreign workforce.

Global Payroll Management & Compliance Considerations in Turkey

Managing employees in different countries can be a complex and challenging task. Employees may need to be registered and taxed differently in each country, and other laws need to be followed. This can make it very hard to keep track of everything and ensure everything is done correctly.

When it comes to payroll, there are many different regulations that you must follow to avoid penalties or litigation. Each country has its laws and regulations, but some standards apply internationally. You must know and adhere to tax deadlines, withholding and reporting laws, and regulations requiring employee tax slip signatures. If you fail to adhere to these payroll compliance rules, you could face severe penalties that could negatively impact your business.

Global payroll management is a complex process that requires careful consideration of various factors. Payroll specialists must consider local regulations and taxation requirements, which can be time-consuming and difficult to navigate. However, by addressing some key challenges and partnering with a Global EOR, organizations can ensure compliant, accurate, and timely payments.

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7 Reasons Why a Global Employer of Record Has to Be on Your Radar in Turkey

Payroll taxes and service fees can be an enormous burden for employers. Many companies use a Global EOR (Employer of Record) to help with these costs. Global EORs can typically charge a percentage of the total payroll, including employee insurance fees. It can be challenging to determine the actual costs for these services, especially when some employer taxes are only paid on wages up to a certain threshold.

1. Single Global Service Agreement

A global Employer of Record can cover all your international projects within a single contract and add new employees and services as you expand your global workforce in Turkey.

2. No Required Minimums

We accept projects of any length with any number of employees.

3. Flexible Pricing — Save As You Grow

At Acumen, we adjust your pricing based on the project employee number, whether you need to scale up or down.

4. End-to-end Global Employment Solution

We manage all your global services, including employment, recruitment, immigration, legal and global HR consulting, saving you valuable time. And Acumen International covers the cost and saves you the effort of finding and selecting local employment-related service providers.

5. Avoid Lawsuits

If you don’t want to get sued, you should become a Global Employer of Record. Doing so limits your vulnerability to lawsuits by ensuring compliance procedures are followed, taxes are paid correctly, and payroll is appropriately managed.

6. Reduced Expenses

A global employer of record (EOR) will bundle the cost of payroll, benefits, and workers’ compensation onto one payroll. The EOR will also handle tax filing on your behalf. This means that you only pay one set fee per month for all services, which can save you time and money by preventing multiple invoices from being mailed to you. 

7. Free Yourself From HR Hassles with a Global Employer of Record in Turkey

When you partner up with a Global Employer of Record, you’ll have someone who’s always there to handle the small and large tasks that are going to come up in your HR department. You’ll never have to worry about filling out paperwork or managing new hires again—you can focus all your attention on growing your business. A Global Employer of Record will handle the HR headaches so you can concentrate on what really matters: your business.

Ideal Industries for a Global Employer of Record Arrangement in Turkey

  • Technology companies
  • Startups
  • Financial services
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Business Services
  • Media 
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Non-profit organisations.

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Spotlight on Turkey

Turkey, officially known as the Republic of Turkey, is a European and Asian country.  It is neighbors to the northwest with Bulgaria; Greece to the west; Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Iran to the east; Georgia to the northeast; Syria to the south; and Iraq to the southeast. Turkey is surrounded by sea on three sides. The Mediterranean in the south, the Aegean in the west, and the Black Sea in the north. The Marmara Sea, in the northwest, includes the Istanbul and Dardanelles Straits and is a territorial water of Turkey.

  • Capital: Ankara.
  • Population: 81,257,239.
  • Local currency: Turkish lira (₺) (TRY).
  • Industries: Turkey is one of the largest tobacco exporters and hazelnuts producers in the world. Tourism is another major source of foreign currency for the nation. Other industries include car manufacturing, textile, services, etc.

Employ your Selected Workforce in Turkey via Global Employer of Record (EOR) Solution

Acumen International is a leading Employer of Record (EOR) service provider that empowers businesses to hire and remunerate highly skilled professionals in Turkey legally. With Acumen International’s EOR solutions, companies can engage local and foreign talent while complying with all Turkey’s legal requirements and regulations.

When it comes to hiring full-time employees in Turkey, companies need to offer competitive compensation packages to attract and retain the most qualified candidates. Skilled professionals are in high demand in Turkey, and companies that want to build a strong workforce need to be prepared to offer salaries and benefits that align with the local market.

By partnering with Acumen International, businesses can access valuable insights and expertise on the local employment market in Turkey. Acumen International’s team of HR professionals can guide local compensation regulations and best practices, employee benefits, and other HR practices that can help companies attract and retain top talent.

Acumen’s Global employment services are designed to provide our clients with professional assistance to meet their global HR needs, such as:

  • Global talent acquisition and retention
  • Global expansion to help you quickly enter new global markets without legal and HR compliance risks
  • Local support for international clients and their employees

Acumen’s Employer of Record (EOR) service in Turkey offers an efficient and inexpensive alternative to direct hiring. Our solution allows companies to operate in Turkey and 190 international markets where we serve our clients without registering as a local business entity.

Acumen International offers a global EOR and payroll solution to handle all payroll details while ensuring compliance with in-country labor and taxation laws.

Legally Onboard and Payroll your Employees in Turkey with Acumen’s Global Employment Solution in turkey

Acumen’s global employment solution helps businesses to overcome legal challenges by hiring and compensating their local and eforeign workforce in Turkey on their behalf in a risk-free and cost-effective manner.

Acumen’s Global Employer of Record (EOR) solution was designed to help international companies like yours expand their global reach and engage the brightest global talent for their projects.

If you are looking to reinforce your internal team with the expertise of local talent, or if you have already selected a local candidate to work for you remotely and in full legal compliance in Turkey, our global EOR solution is the ideal choice for you.

In addition to legally onboarding local citizens, we can organize work permits and business visa sponsorship for your expatriate team via our Employer of Record and employ them on your behalf once legal permissions have been attained.

Partner with Acumen International, and let us help you handle your global employment and HR needs. With Acumen, you can rest assured that all legal requirements are met for compliant hiring and compensating your local and expatriate employees in Turkey and 190 countries worldwide where we serve our international clients.

You can trust Acumen to handle the global employment and HR details of your workforce management in Turkey to ensure full compliance with in-country employment laws. Reduce risks while expanding your business without establishing your legal entity in Turkey. Leave it to Acumen to hire and compensate your employees on your behalf, so you can focus on growing your business.

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