Study: Corona has hit solo self-employed hard

Released on 21.09. 2021

  • More than a third of the solo self-employed have lost income due to the economic crisis due to the corona pandemic, such a new study. Photo: Carsten Rehder

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Those who are self-employed have often generated particularly little income as a result of the pandemic. In addition, social security, especially for the self-employed, is not guaranteed, according to a study by the Hans Böckler Foundation.

Düsseldorf (dpa) – According to a new study, the economic consequences of the corona pandemic have hit the self-employed particularly hard. More than a third of them lost income in the course of the crisis.

This was reported by the Economic and Social Science Institute (WSI) of the union-affiliated Hans Böckler Foundation on Tuesday. In particular, solo self-employed people without employees, who often work under precarious conditions anyway, had a heavy burden on the crisis a clear downward shift can be observed, according to the study. The proportion of those with less than 1500 euros net per month has doubled. Solo self-employed women are most affected, of whom currently 33 percent less than 1500 euros earned. Of the solo self-employed men, 18 percent fell into this category.

Insufficient social security

“The experience with the pandemic shows that the lack of social security for the self-employed represents a serious and consequential gap in the social security systems,” it says in the Study. In order to close this gap, the self-employed should be included as comprehensively as possible in the mandatory state insurance systems, demand the WSI researchers. The researchers had evaluated data from the labor force survey of the Hans Böckler Foundation, for which the last time in July 2021 was good 5000 Employed persons and job seekers were interviewed.

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