The Government and the autonomous associations have signed today the agreement reached to raise 1.25% the minimum contribution base for the self-employed starting in 2019 and to raise the contribution rate to 30%, in exchange for improving social protection of the collective.
The Minister of Labor Migrations and Social Security, Magdalena Valerio, has assured during the presentation of the agreement – signed with the heads of the organizations ATA, UPTA, Uatae and CEAT – that this pact will culminate with the approval on Friday in the Council of Ministers of a decree law that ensures both the rise in contributions and the expansion of the rights of the self-employed.
The agreement reached provides for a 1.25% rise in the minimum contribution base in 2019, up to 944.35 euros per month (1,214.08 euros in the case of corporate self-employed workers), so that, at a rate of 30%, the monthly fee will amount to 283.3 euros, 5.36 euros more than at present (6.89 euros more for companies).
In this way, the self-employed will compulsorily quoted in addition to common contingencies, by professionals, cessation of activity and training.
The agreement foresees to progressively increase the type of quotation during the next four years, so that it will be 30% in 2019, 30.3% in 2020, 30.6% in 2021, and 31% in 2022.
In exchange for these increases in quotes, the self-employed will have the right to charge the so-called "unemployment of the self-employed", as well as coverage for professional risk, an improvement in benefits due to temporary disability due to illness, advances in conciliation and in the protection of self-employed women before maternity and continuing education.
Specifically, the agreement between the Government and associations includes an improvement in access, a relaxation of conditions and an extension of the duration of the benefit due to cessation of activity, the equivalent of unemployment, which goes from 12 to 24 months.
Valerio explained that the benefit for cessation of activity managed by the Mutuals of Work will be granted and informed by a commission in which a representative of the mutual, another of the autonomous association that requests it and another representative of the Social Security and will participate. that will have a criterion that will be mandatory and binding.
Among the social improvements, it has been established that the self-employed shall be entitled to collect the benefit for work-related accidents or occupational diseases from the first day of withdrawal and that the group will have the right to access professional continuous training.
In addition, the self-employed will not pay the Social Security fee from the second month of sick leave or temporary disability until the time of discharge.
Another point of the agreement assures the autonomous that, within 24 months after the benefit of maternity leave, they can obtain a flat rate of 60 euros for 12 months without having to cease previously in their activity.
In addition, the agreement proposes to increase the flat rate for the self-employed who start their activity at 60 euros of contribution to the RETA, which will include coverage for common contingencies, professionals and cessation of activity.
Valerio stressed that with this pact the self-employed who have a disability during their activity, of more than 33%, can access the incentive framework that the group has.
With all these measures of the agreement, the minister has ensured that Spain joins the group of countries with greater coverage and protection of the self-employed, together with Luxembourg.
Valerio stressed that this agreement has been reached in a "provisional" to the impact it would have on the minimum contribution base the rise of 22% of the minimum interprofessional salary (SMI) and stressed that there is a commitment in the framework of the Social Dialog so that in 2019 a system of quotation according to the real income is implanted.
In this regard, he pointed out that by January 31 the Ministry expects to have the first self-employed income data that will be obtained from the crossing of information between the Tax Agency and the General Treasury of Social Security, in order to advance in the establishment of the new system throughout 2019.