Turkey: over half of women at work unregistered, survey

23 July, 10:55

    (ANSAmed) – ANKARA, JULY 23 - Almost half of female employees work informally in Turkey, according to state-run statistics body TUIK’s data compiled by Anatolia news agency. Over half of women who are employed, 52.6%, work informally. The ratio of informal employment to the total employment decreased to 37.6% in April from 38.8% the same month a year earlier. There are 25.7 million employees above the age of 15, of whom 37.8% (9.6 million) work informally, the data for April show. While there are 17.8 million male employees, 31% (5.5 million) of them work informally. However, of the 7.8 million female employees, 52.6% (4.1 million) of them are informal workers. The unpaid family workers make up the major part of informal employment. A significant majority, 91.8%, of around 3.2 million unpaid family workers work informally. While this rate is 83% for men in this category, it rises to 94.5% for women. Those who are not registered at any social security institution, but work in their own job, also constitute a large proportion of informal workers.

    While 58.9% of around 3.9 million men, who work in their own job, work informally, 88.9% of the 888 women in this category work informally. A minority of 20% of casual and paid workers and 16% of employers were not registered to any social security institution. (ANSAmed).

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