Every second freelancer in Germany is severely or very severely affected by the Corona crisis. Every eighth company (12.3 percent) also fear that they will not survive the coming year, according to the results of the study, as reported by the “Rheinische Post”.
The Institute for Liberal Professions surveyed almost 1900 self-employed professionals on behalf of the Federal Association of Liberal Professions (BFB). A good every tenth freelancer had to lay off employees during the pandemic. One in four freelancers also fears having to part with employees by the end of 2020. Another five percent expect this for the coming year.
“This puts another 180,000 jobs in the industry at risk,” said BFB President Wolfgang Ewer of the newspaper. Almost 30 percent of all freelancers would have used the bridging aid from the federal government. Ewer welcomed the improvements planned by Minister of Economic Affairs Peter Altmaier (CDU) in the aid, but demanded further subsidies for living, especially for solo self-employed and small freelance units.