The rise of Minimum Interprofessional Salary (SMI), from the current 735.9 euros (14 pays) to 900 euros per month, with a monthly increase of 164.1 euros, which has been agreed by the Government and Unidos Podemos could have undesirable effects on a collective as sensitive as the self-employed. Lorenzo Amor, president of the National Federation of Autonomous Workers – ATA, has estimated an increase of 3,000 euros per year per worker hired in concept of the corresponding social contributions plus IRPF. That is, 240 euros per month for 14 payments.
In this regard, the president of ATA has estimated that those affected by this extra cost would be around one million self-employed workers – one in three – with their dependents – "the majority of these people are usually micro-enterprises" – and added that this would cause salary costs to rise in a very significant way in a single year. In this line, Love has been in favor of raising the Minimum Wage. However, he recalled that there was an agreement signed on December 26, 2017 between the Government and social partners in which it was established that in 2020 the SMI would reach 850 euros per month. This year the minimum wage has gone from 707.6 to 735.9 euros per month currently in force.
All this, Amor has pointed out, in a context in which the sales of sectors such as commerce, with a strong presence of self-employed workers, tend to fall. In parallel, other costs such as the energy bill are also rising along with a progressive slowdown in growth: "The 3,000 euros more are something unaffordable for many freelancers:it's as if you tell any citizen that you will have an additional expense of 22% or that will charge 22% less ", has criticized pointing to the possibility that the activity of many self-employed is compromised or damaged. In any case, he assured, these criticisms will be transferred to all parliamentary groups.