Pensions in Turkey

Pensions in Turkey can be public or private. Article 60 of the 1982 Turkish constitution (similar to Article 48 of the 1961 constitution) states that “Everyone has the right to social security and the State shall take the necessary measures and establish the organization for the provision of social security.”[1]


Until May 2006, there were three separate social security institutions: SSK, for private and public sector workers; Emekli Sandiği (ES), for civil servants; and Bağ-Kur, for self-employed workers and farmers. In 2006 these were all merged into one institution, the Sosyal Güvenlik Kurumu (Social Security Institution, SGK).[2]

Current system

The state pension system is administered by the Sosyal Güvenlik Kurumu (Social Security Institution, SGK), which collects insurance contributions from employees and their employers, at the rate of 9% from employees and 11% from employers. Once someone who paid contributions to the SGK for the required amount of time reaches retirement age, they become eligible for an SGK pension, with the size of their pension determined by the amount of contributions they paid. In addition to SGK pensions, people can use the private pension system by paying additional contributions into private pension funds administered by insurance companies. The private pension system is regulated by law.[3]


  1. ^Sosyal Güvenlik Kurumu, History Archived 2015-09-24 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^Brook, A. and E. R. Whitehouse (2006), “The Turkish Pension System: Further Reforms to Help Solve the Informality Problem”, OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers , No. 44, OECD Publishing. doi:10.1787/348880554402
  3. ^Sosyal Güvenlik Kurumu, National Legislation Archived 2015-09-24 at the Wayback Machine

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