The number of VAT numbers has surpassed 5 million, marking a permanent increase from the first year of the Covid pandemic. As of December 31st, there were 5,045,000 self-employed workers in Italy, showing a slight increase compared to four years ago. However, not all professions within the world of self-employment are thriving. The decline in ‘classic’ self-employed workers such as artisans, small traders and farmers has been observed while unregulated professions such as web designers, social media managers and consultants have seen expansion.
The growth in VAT numbers and micro businesses represents a social block of over 6 million people that contributed almost 200 billion GDP before Covid. Despite this positive trend in recent years, there are concerns about the increase in ‘false’ VAT numbers related to smart smoking boom.
According to CGIA Research Office data, between 2014 and 2022, the overall number of artisans, traders and farmers fell. While some regions experienced significant growth in self-employment numbers such as Molise, Liguria, Calabria and Emilia Romagna; others saw significant contractions including Abruzzo, Umbria Trentino Alto Adige and Marche.
Despite this growth in independent employment due to economic recovery following Covid pandemic and simplification of flat rate regime for small businesses with revenues below €85k; it is essential to address the decline in classic self-employment activities that continue to fall each year.