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Indirect leadership

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Son Güncelleme: 01.03.2013

These are the most important indictors for all companies. But there is another value that is at least as critical as these. That is the indirect employment that is created. In some companies, the indirect employment that is created can be as much as 10-15 times the number of those who are directly employed. It is virtually a secret power. Vestel ranks first with 100,000 in indirect employment and is followed by giants such as TAV, Turkcell and Oyak Renault. So what kind of strategy should companies follow on the subject of indirect employment, which experts describe as an “invisible power”? What does this power bring them? When one looks at the companies which participated in our survey, one sees the giants of Turkey in the leading positions in the rankings. Vestel is the leader with an ecosystem of 100,000 people. The company provides direct employment for approximately 13,000, although it indirectly creates employment for seven times as many people as are on its actual payroll. Vestel is followed by the airport operator TAV Havalimanları with 80.000. The company indirectly creates employment for 3.5 times the number of people on its payroll. Turkcell is another company which comes to the fore by indirectly creating employment for 67,000 people and it is followed by Toyota and Oyak Renault, which indirectly each create employment for 40,000 people. When we look at the ratio between the number of people who are employed directly and the number of jobs which are created indirectly, then the leader is ipragaz. Because ipragaz indirectly creates employment for 17.5 times the number of personnel on its payroll. It is followed by Toyota Otomotiv with 17 times, Shell&Turcas with 15 times and Coca-Cola içecek with 10 times.

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In fact, the employment that is created indirectly has a much greater critical importance for companies that is immediately apparent. Indeed, many regard this issue as being “strategic”. Hilal Suerdem, CEO of Kiğılı, which is one of the leading players in the clothing sector, says: “However important the people we employ directly are for the growth of the company, the people for whom we create jobs indirectly are just as important.” Atilla Yerlikaya, corporate relations director for Coca-Cola içecek, which is an important power as a result of the 30,000 jobs it creates indirectly, sums up what this issue means for them as follows: “Coca-Cola içecek has a chain of factories and a strong distribution network and invests in every region of Turkey, creating employment and supporting economic growth. We were the first company to conduct a scientific study on this subject and define the ‘economic impact.’”. The study we conducted calculated that Coca-Cola içecek’s impact on employment was 10 to 1. For every one person it employed directly, Coca-Cola içecek created employment for a total of ten people in different sectors.

These ecosystem activities make different contributions to companies in many areas. Some of these are focusing on their main business, cost advantages, productivity and speed. JTI Türkiye General Manager Bilgehan Anlaş says: “All of the work that is done through indirect employment and services that are provided are secured by experts.  
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