These self-employed workers will receive this month some of the specific benefits put in place to alleviate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, to which self-employed workers affected by the volcanic eruption on La Palma have been added. All these benefits include exemptions from social security contributions.
In addition, 116,000 self-employed workers who were receiving a benefit until 30 September and have fully returned to work will see their contributions reduced in January thanks to the exemptions provided for in Royal Decree-Law 18/2021, of 28 September.
The aid for the self-employed who continue to be affected by the pandemic and the new Social Security exemptions for those who have reactivated their activity until January are included in Royal Decree-Law 18/2021. Under the same text, and following an agreement with the self-employed associations, the aid scheme was extended until February 2022.
At the height of the health situation in the labour market, 1.46 million self-employed workers were protected. Since then, the total payroll paid out for these benefits has amounted to around 7.9 billion euros, plus more than 3.7 billion euros in contribution exemptions for the self-employed.
Beneficiaries and approximate payroll
The benefit for self-employed workers compatible with their activity, aimed at those self-employed workers who have seen a notable reduction in their turnover, reached approximately 22,600 beneficiaries in January. For their part, around 84,800 employed persons will receive the low-income benefit designed to protect those self-employed workers who do not meet the requirements for accessing the previous benefit.
The number of self-employed receiving the benefit for a temporary suspension of all activity due to a decision by the competent authority amounts to 200 self-employed on this payroll. The specific benefit for seasonal self-employed workers reaches about 60 persons.
On this payroll, more than 700 self-employed workers affected by the volcanic eruption in Cumbre Vieja, on the island of La Palma, benefit from benefits designed to alleviate their situation.
Beneficiaries by sector
More than half of this aid, 54%, is concentrated in three sectors: commerce (28.45%), hotels and catering (14.35%) and transport and storage (11.42%), and in three communities: Andalusia (22.58%), Catalonia (17.16%) and Madrid (13.23%).