Deputy Minister of Family, Labour and Social Services
Assumed office on: July 25, 2018
Ahmet Erdem was born in 1956 in Tokat, where he had his primary, secondary and high school education. He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies in Ankara. Mr. Erdem started his career at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security in 1975 and has served in the Ministry at various positions since then.
As the Secretary General of the Higher Board of Arbitration of the Ministry, he worked on settling collective agreement disputes between trade unions and employers. Later on, he worked as an Adviser to the Minister.
Mr. Erdem served as Deputy Undersecretary of the Ministry in the periods of 1996-1997 and 2003-2007 where he was responsible for the activities of the Directorate General of Labour, the Directorate General of Occupational Health and Safety and the Department of Human Resources.
Mr. Erdem was appointed successively as the Undersecretary of the Ministry in 2007 and as Adviser to the Prime Minister in 2009. In his capacity as the Adviser to the Prime Minister, he was responsible for the issues related to employment, social dialogue and labour markets. In 2014, he was reappointed as the Undersecretary of the Ministry for a second term.
Mr. Erdem has also served as the Minister of Labour and Social Security of the 63rd Government of the Republic of Turkey from 28 August 2015 to 24 November 2015. While serving as the Undersecretary of the Ministry since then, Mr. Erdem was appointed as Deputy Minister of Family, Labour and Social Services by a Presidential Decree dated 25 July 2018.
Ahmet Erdem has a command of English and Arabic at intermediate level. He is married with two children.