The biggest drop in self-employment in 13 years coincides with the approval of the Escrivá reform

The worsening of the general state of the labor market has not left the self-employed unscathed. In the month of July, self-employment lost a total of 10,422 Social Security affiliates. While in the same month of 2021 the number of workers increased by 1,978. Consequently, the change in the trend in employment resulted in the loss of 350 freelancers per day during the month of July. In short, the Special Scheme for Self-Employed Workers (RETA) registered a total of 3,340,946 self-employed contributors at the end of last month. Thus, although the specter of a slowdown was already looming in the EPA figures from last week, which pointed to the loss of 65,000 individual businesses in the last year, the trend was confirmed by the data provided by Social Security. In addition, chance is primed with this part of the statistics since the historical blow to self-employment, which represents the greatest drop in affiliates in the last 13 years, coincides with the approval of the reform of the collective contribution system, which will pass to be for real income from 2023. On July 27, the bases on the new contribution system for the self-employed were published in the BOE. A reform that has been marked between the rejection by the associations of the Government's proposals and the idea that the system could increase the costs of the self-employed at a crucial moment for hundreds of thousands of businesses that have been affected by the rising energy and raw material prices. A fact that has pruned the margins of SMEs and the self-employed who show a rise in costs of more than 23% so far this year, while the recovery in sales remains at 19%. A few days ago, the Social Security Minister himself, José Luis Escrivá, distanced himself from the resounding celebrations in which a good part of the members of the Council of Ministers were immersed after learning that the INE Active Population Survey placed the level of employment in 20.4 million people. Both the head of Social Security and the Vice President and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, showed unusual caution. And it is that by the end of last week the Government already discounted the slowdown in the labor market. Now, the explanation for discouragement: the worst July for the self-employed in 13 years, the worst employment data in a similar month in the last decade and the largest increase in unemployed in more than 20 years complete the picture. Only the beginning Although it seems that these figures have only uncorked the sangria bottle of jobs that will fall by the wayside in the coming months. "To weather the situation we are having, it is essential to help companies and the self-employed to maintain employment at this time," warns the president of ATA, Lorenzo Amor. It should be remembered that in terms of activity sectors, practically all lost self-employed during the month of July, with the exception of hospitality (+1,390 self-employed), real estate activities (+175 self-employed) and artistic and entertainment activities, with 59 more contributors during the month of July. By autonomous communities, only Cantabria closed the month of July positively in terms of the number of new self-employed, with 50 new self-employed. In absolute terms, the Community of Madrid (-2,975 self-employed), Catalonia (-1,687 self-employed) and Andalusia (-1,601 self-employed) led the loss of self-employed.

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