In the years following the Covid pandemic, there has been a significant increase in VAT numbers, with the number of self-employed workers now standing at 5 million. While this is an improvement from four years ago, it is still far from the 6.2 million recorded at the beginning of 2004. However, not all categories within self-employment are thriving. The number of “classic” self-employed workers such as artisans, small traders, and farmers has decreased, while unregulated professions such as web designers, social media managers and consultants are expanding.
Together with micro businesses and their employees, individuals with VAT numbers represent a social block of over 6 million people who contribute almost 200 billion euros to GDP before Covid. The positive trend in the number of self-employed workers can be attributed to the economic recovery following the pandemic. Employment has increased and so has independent employment. Additionally, the introduction of a flat-rate regime for self-employed businesses with revenues and compensation below €85,000 has made managing one’s own business fiscally less burdensome. Despite this growth, there is concern about an increase in “false” VAT numbers related to the boom in smart smoking in recent years.
Regions that experienced significant increases in self-employed workers include Molise, Liguria, Calabria and Emilia Romagna while regions that suffered significant contractions include Abruzzo, Umbria Trentino Alto Adige and Marche. Although the overall number of self-employed workers has started to grow again in recent years