Spain loses more than 110,000 young self-employed in the last five years

Contrary to what one might think, that spirit of daring that comes with starting a new activity or business does not catch on among younger workers, but rather the other way around: precisely among those who are finishing their work period, although this is actually more of a escape valve by being expelled from their jobs. The data corroborates this: Spain has lost more than 110,000 self-employed young people in the last five years.

Specifically, in the Special Regime for Self-Employed Workers (RETA) there are 110,428 fewer affiliates under the age of 44 between September 2018 and September 2022, according to a report published yesterday by ATA. However, 186,621 people over 45 years of age have joined the RETA in the last five years; What's more, the group of self-employed people over 61 has grown by more than 100,000 people, a figure that far exceeds the number of new entrepreneurs, who number just over 76,000 in the last five years.

"Demonizing the self-employed person and the entrepreneur is damaging the entrepreneurial spirit among young Spaniards," lamented Lorenzo Amor, president of ATA, who warned that "we are all doing something wrong, when among youth the culture of entrepreneurship, of risk, of the effort, it is not penetrating ». "Punishment" to entrepreneurs But not only that, but the group of self-employed people over 64 has risen by more than 41% since 2018, by joining nearly 50,000 more affiliates. We must also add another nearly 55,000 more between the ages of 60 and 64, a group that has experienced an increase of 20%.

From ATA they charged against the Government for "punishing the entrepreneurial and entrepreneurial spirit", something that in their opinion "is having serious consequences among young people and our business fabric and also for the future of our self-employed." "We are losing generations of entrepreneurs, we are losing young entrepreneurs," assured Amor, who drew attention to the fact that these data reflect in turn that those who reach an age are not replaced by young self-employed workers, which causes self-employed to be lost every year under 44 years old.

By age group, the self-employed who have grown the most throughout this year are also those over 64: 11,588 self-employed have joined, which represents an increase of 7.8%. And the self-employed between 40 and 44 years of age are those who have decreased the most so far in 2022, with a loss of -2.8% of self-employed workers, followed by a -2.4% decrease in those self-employed who are between 35 and 39 years.

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