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Surpassing 5 Million Members: A Trend Towards Self-Employment in Italy


Feb 11, 2024
As VAT numbers rise, the number of artisans declines

Since 2020, the number of VAT numbers has permanently surpassed 5 million members. As of December 31st, there were 5,045,000 self-employed workers in Italy, showing a slight increase compared to four years ago but still far from the 6.2 million recorded at the beginning of 2004. The world of self-employment is not uniformly healthy, with many professions struggling while others are expanding rapidly.

The growth in the number of self-employed workers can be attributed to several factors, including the economic recovery following the Covid pandemic and the introduction of a flat-rate regime for businesses with revenues and compensation below €85,000 euros. However, there is a concern about an increase in “false” VAT numbers related to the rise in smart smoking in recent years.

While some regions have seen significant increases in self-employed workers in recent years, such as Molise, Liguria, Calabria, and Emilia Romagna, others have suffered significant contractions. For example, Abruzzo, Umbria, Trentino Alto Adige, and Marche experienced declines between 2014 and 2022. Despite this growth trend among self-employed workers overall since 2014 to December 31st last year only artisans traders and farmers have been steadily decreasing their numbers while other categories like web designers social media managers consultants have been growing rapidly.

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