Turkey to boost unemployment by reducing working hours

Turkish Development Minister, Cevdet Yilmaz has stated that the government has plans to increase employment in Turkey by reducing the maximum amount of working hours per week by three or four hours.

Yilmaz said: “There is a system which encourages long working hours rather than more employment. This is not sustainable.” It is thought a new system for less working hours will encourage more people to find jobs and boost employment rates in Turkey.

Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan stated that the new legislation aims to bring the unemployment rate in Turkey down by between 3 to 5 percent overall.

Currently the maximum working hours per week in Turkey is held at 45 hours per week; however it is well known that many people in Turkey work as much as 49 hours per week which puts a lot of people off trying to find work.

Although Turkey has a relatively good unemployment rate, there are still many people who do not work and the government wish to change this. As Turkey develops and grows as a country with more global businesses entering the Turkish market, jobs are expected to be made and the need for work in Turkey is set to grow.

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