According to an association survey, 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, which was first 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 respondent had to fire 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 so-called bridging aid from the federal government. Ewer welcomed the economics minister Peter Altmaier (CDU). At the same time, however, he demanded further subsidies for living expenses – especially for solo self-employed and small freelance units.