Despite the Covid pandemic, the number of VAT numbers has steadily increased since 2020 and currently stands above 5 million members. However, not all categories of self-employment are thriving. While many professions are facing challenges, such as artisans, small traders, and farmers decreasing in number, unregulated professions like web designers, social media managers, and consultants continue to grow.
The people with VAT numbers, along with micro businesses and their employees, represent a social block of over 6 million that contributed almost 200 billion to GDP before Covid. The positive trend in the stock of self-employed workers over the past three years can be attributed to the economic recovery following the pandemic. Employment increased as did independent employment. Additionally, the introduction of the flat-rate regime for self-employed businesses with revenues and compensation below €85 thousand euros has made managing one’s own business fiscally less burdensome. However, there is a concern about an increase in “false” VAT numbers related to the recent boom in smart smoking products.
In recent years, regions such as Molise, Liguria, Calabria and Emilia Romagna have experienced significant increases in self-employed workers while Abruzzo, Umbria Trentino Alto Adige and Marche have seen significant contractions. Although the overall number of self-employed workers has started to grow again in recent years, classic self-employment activities continue to decline between 2014 and 2022. The data includes positions held by company owners partners and family collaborators within INPS (Italian National Social Security Institute).