Living Wage Series - Turkey - January 2018 - In Turkish Lira, per Month

WageIndicator Living Wage Series - Wages in Context - Living Wages - 2018

The Living Wage is based on the concept that work should provide an adequate income to cover the necessary living costs of a family. WageIndicator uses prices from the Cost of Living Survey to calculate Living Wage in more than 60 countries. The Living Wage is an approximate income needed to meet a family’s basic needs including food, housing, transport, health, education, tax deductions and other necessities.

The following table summarises the varying expenditure and income needs for the three commonly occurring family household compositions.

Expenditure and Living Wage calculation (monthly rates in Turkish Lira)

  Typical family Standard family Single-adult
  from-to from-to from-to
Food 655-985 640-960 160-240
Housing 975-1220 975-1220 570-700
Transport 240-360 240-360 120-180
Health 50-200 50-200 13-50
Education 150-200 150-200 0
Other costs 105-150 105-145 43-59
Total Expenditure 2175-3115 2160-3085 906-1229
Net Living Wage 1450-2077 1200-1714 906-1229
Gross Living Wage 1920-2740 1590-2260 1200-1620

Note: For more details see Living Wage FAQ.

Family Living Wages (monthly rates in Turkish Lira)

There is not a single answer to what is the adequate cost of living. The result is complex, as the cost of living varies by household composition, location, and employment pattern. The following table presents the Living Wage estimates for a set of most common family household compositions and under different assumptions about working hours.

Typical family (two parents + 2.1 children, 1.5 working) 1920-2740
Standard family (two parents + 2 children, 1.8 working) 1590-2260
Two parents and two children, 2 working 1430-2040
Two parents and two children, 1.5 working 1900-2720
Two parents and two children, 1 working 2850-4070
Two parents and three children, 1.5 working 2050-2940
Two parents and four children, 1.5 working 2200-3160
Single-adult without children, 1 working 1200-1620

Note: Results in the table are rounded.

Living Wages in Context (monthly rates in Turkish Lira)

The Minimum Wage is a national legally binding obligation on employers which often make no reference to a living standard. Living Wage describes the adequate living standard. The common goal of the many living wage campaigns currently taking place all over the world is to lift Minimum Wages levels to those of the Living Wages. WageIndicator presents Living Wages jointly with Minimum Wages, aiming to raise awareness concerning the remaining differences in levels. Living Wages are presented in context with other wage indicators including prevailing wages of workers over recent years.

  2015 2016 2017 2018
Minimum wage 1274 1647 1778 2030
Living Wage - Single Adult 980-1280 1080-1430 1160-1630 1200-1620
Living Wage - Typical Family 1800-2360 1790-2520 1870-2770 1920-2740
Real wage of low-skilled worker .-. .-. .-. 1190-1380
Real wage of medium-skilled worker .-. .-. .-. 1300-1660
Real wage of high-skilled worker .-. .-. .-. 2400-2830

Note: Table shows the lowest monthly Minimum Wage in a country, when available. Reported monthly earnings of workers in low-, medium-, and high-skilled occupations are obtained from the voluntary WageIndicator web survey on work and wages. Results in the table are rounded.

Food basket and food prices in Turkish Lira

The food expenditure is the main component of Living Wage and it is determined by the price of food basket. The food prices are taken from WageIndicator Cost of Living Survey which collects the actual prices of all items necessary to calculate the Living Wage. The composition of the food basket is taken from the national food balance sheets published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The food basket is scaled to 2,100 calories per person per day that is the nutritional requirement for good health proposed by World Bank (Handbook on poverty and inequality, 2009).

Food itemGrams per dayEnergy (kcal)Price per kilo
Wheat, barley and cereals products 278 768 2-2.8
Rice 17 57 3-3.5
Meat (beef, pork, poultry) 58 81 12-25
Oils (soyabean, olive, palm) 22 193 .-.
Sugar (Raw Equivalent) 49 174 10-12
Maize and products 39 114 3-3
Milk - Excluding Butter 312 181 2-2.6
Vegetables, Other 199 42 2-4
Potatoes and products 64 46 1-1.5
Butter, Ghee 6 45 18-25
Groundnuts (Shelled Eq) 14 45 16-23
Pulses, Other and products 16 57 2-2.5
Egg (price per 10 eggs) 13 19 2.7-5
Sunflowerseed Oil 14 127 .-.
Fish products 10 6 10-12
Beer 19 8 12-14
Sweeteners, Other 0 1 5-10
Beans 4 15 4-5.8
Bananas 8 5 3.5-4
Soyabeans 3 2 3.5-9
Apples and products 54 22 2-3
Tomatoes and products 158 31 2-3
Onions 30 12 1-1.4
Oranges, Mandarines 38 9 .-.
Peas 0 1 5-6
Roots, Other 0 0 2-2
Seeds and kernels 1 5 11-30
Wine 1 1 33-40
Cream 0 0 6-8
Olives (including preserved) 8 23 10-10
Honey 2 6 .-.
Citrus, Other 0 0 2-2
Lemons, Limes and products 6 1 2-2
Tea (including mate) 5 2 7-12
Grapefruit and products 2 1 1.8-1.8
Coffee and products 1 1 50-50

WageIndicator Living Wage background:

The WageIndicator Living Wage is set to provide acceptable living standard to a family of a particular size. WageIndicator presents Living Wages for several household types and working hours which reflect the most frequently found real situations in which people have to make a living: 1. Typical family Living Wage is a baseline estimate that respects the country specific conditions. Typical family is comprised of two adults and the number of children is given by country specific fertility rate (the average number of children a woman is expected to have during her lifespan). One adult is working full-time and the working hours of second adult are approximated by national employment rate. The total income earned by two adults paid living wage is sufficient to reach adequate living standard. 2. Standard family Living Wage is estimated for a family composed of two adults and two children (referred to as family 2+2). Living wage is calculated under different assumptions about working hours. These include that both adults work full-time (family employment rate is 2), or at least one adult works part-time or half-time (family employment rate is 1.8 and 1.5), or one adult does not work at all (i.e. patriarchal model with family employment 1). Alternatives refer to trade-offs between leisure and work and define what living wage represents. In every case the total income earned by two adults paid living wage is sufficient to reach adequate living standard. 3. Extended family Living Wage includes family with three or four children. One adult works full-time and the work intensity of second parent is approximated by national employment rate. 4. Individual Living Wage represents an acceptable standard of living for a single individual working full-time.

Data sources: WageIndicator Cost of Living Survey, World Bank Databank Fertility rate 2010-2014, ILO Estimated participation rate in 2017, FAO Food balance sheet in 2013.

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