Saturday, June 25

One in four freelancers sees their business endangered by the escalation of light

  • Six out of 10 self-employed workers claim not to have recovered their pre-pandemic billing, according to ATA

The light price and electricity has pulverized record after record for months and this has become one of the main concerns among the collective of self-employed. Specifically and according to the latest barometer published by they this Tuesday, one in four self-employed workers (26.9%) considers the rise in electricity is seriously endangering the survival of their activity.

The ATA Barometer has also asked the self-employed on this occasion about the Christmas campaign and the possible impact of the sixth wave of coronavirus with the omicron variant. From the outset, 46% of those surveyed do not have a Christmas campaign in their businesses, but for those who depend on temporary issues, 18% observe poor prospects, below 50% of the activity of the 2019 Christmas campaign. On the contrary, only 1.6% have improved compared to the campaign of the same dates in 2019. 2.5% believe that it will be the same and 26.3% say that it will be a good campaign, although far from that of 2019 .

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In this context, ATA has alerted the Government that they are against any increase in the tax burden for next year. “We do not even want to hear about a rise in prices or taxes,” said the president of ATA, Lorenzo Love, and has defended the autonomous communities that are lowering taxes to “improve the economy, recovery and competitiveness of the business fabric, which is currently having a hard time.”

The problems to match the billing figures prior to March 2020 make 30.2% of the self-employed surveyed consider closing their business and 8.2% say they will have to close it. However, 66.1% of the self-employed who have participated in this Barometer do not contemplate this possibility. Despite the fact that the majority of freelancers have not recovered from the pandemic, 31.1% claim to have fully recovered their previous billing and, of that percentage, 15.6% have even improved their billing levels compared to pre-coronavirus figures.

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