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Social benefit: the great problem of the self-employed worker

A survey establishes the three major problems that the self-employed perceive in their activity. All three are related to the field of social benefits.

Three out of every five Spaniards consider that the situation of the self-employed in Spain is bad or very bad. This is revealed by a recent report by acierto.com. In the study, the main concerns of the group have been taken into account, being very remarkable the fact that only 8% of the self-employed surveyed consider that their situation is good. 35.2% consider it to be fair, and the great majority of the rest define it as bad or very bad.

The quotas of contribution, the possibility of remaining without activity because of an illness or the doubts regarding his future retirement, are some of the questions that do not finish convincing the Spaniards, according to the conclusions of acierto.com.

80% of the self-employed feel a lack of social protection, with issues such as sick leave, retirement or unemployment. Most opt ??for the minimum contribution base, so their losses and their retirements will be lower. Stress, uncertainty and risk on your assets are a constant during the performance of your activity.

Despite all this, for six out of ten self-employed workers, the greatest advantage of their situation is that of being dependent on a boss, as well as time flexibility and freedom. More than 60% claim to be happier since they are self-employed.

All this could respond to the current stagnation in the growth of affiliates to the Special Regime of Self-Employed Workers (RETA). "In this way, and although last year the number of self-employed workers grew significantly, the most recent data reveal a deceleration of this growth: in particular, the self-employed have increased five times less than in 2018," they recall in a statement .

When we translate it into figures, we obtain that there were 6,000 self-employed workers who joined during the first three months of 2018, while in this year the figure was 1,600.

Employees are also not satisfied

The study has also taken into account the opinion of employees. And 67% of them do not agree with the duration of the current unemployment benefit, in terms of the amount that is received.

Of these, 56% believe that it should be extended for six months per year worked, while the rest would increase this amount to eight and twelve months. Nor are they satisfied with the fact of charging less unemployment as time passes.

Regarding the minimum wage, up to six out of ten Spaniards consider it unfair, something that is equated with discontent with the lack of family conciliation. All this means that eight out of ten Spaniards are unhappy in their jobs.

Source: Cinco días