Escrivá is considering quotas for the self-employed between 240 and 600 euros until 2025 and postponing the total reform of the system

New proposals for the reform by which the self-employed contribute according to their “real income”. One from the Ministry of Social Security led by José Luis Escrivá, not “formal” at the dialogue table but the result of bilateral contacts with various organizations and unions, and another joint approach from the employers’ associations CEOE, Cepyme and ATA that have disseminated the entrepreneurs this Wednesday. Escrivá is now considering applying installments of between 240 and 600 euros per month according to 13 income brackets over the next three years, as advanced information and has been able to confirm elDiario.es, and that from 2025 the reform of the system is studied and completed to adapt the contribution to the real income of self-employed workers.

How much do the self-employed and wage earners pay to Social Security and what does the future system mean according to income

How much do the self-employed and wage earners pay to Social Security and what does the future system mean according to income

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This new approach has been communicated to several negotiating entities, as elDiario.es has been able to verify, but from the Social Security they insist that “the Ministry has not made any formal proposal recently” and recall that “the proposals are presented at the table of the social dialogue, which has not met for a few weeks”.

The negotiation of the transformation of the self-employed contribution system, now elective, to another based on what the workers earn (of their net benefits) is proving to be very complicated, with very different positions by various parties and also by the Ministry itself, what they are complicating to reach a common point. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking, with the deadline of June this year committed to Brussels to undertake the reform.

In this context, now also marked by the economic instability of the war in Ukraine, the Ministry of Social Security has changed its approach: it is considering an intermediate reform for the next three years, from 2023 to 2025, for which the self-employed will already pay quotas based on 13 tranches of net returns and would postpone the complete reform so that workers would actually contribute for their “real income” from 2025.

This new approach has been communicated to several negotiating entities, as elDiario.es has been able to verify, but from the Social Security they insist that “the Ministry has not made any formal proposal recently” and recall that “the proposals are presented at the table of the social dialogue, which has not met for a few weeks”.

The latest offer does not convince several of the progressive interlocutors contacted by this means, who insist that negotiations must continue to guarantee that the transition from the current system to another of contributions according to income, by which workers with earnings Higher ones contribute more to the system. They consider that this is not reflected in the latest proposal. “We must continue negotiating,” they insist.

At UPTA, an association of self-employed workers linked to the UGT, they believe instead that what they receive from the Ministry “sounds good,” says its secretary general, Eduardo Abad. The employers’ associations and ATA for their part have taken the gauntlet this Wednesday of a temporary reform for the next three years, although lowering the contributions studied by the Ministry.

What quotas are proposed now

The negotiation of the reform already leaves several quota proposals, such as the last one at the end of February, of a minimum of 2,022 euros per month and a maximum of 1,123 euros per month. Now the minimum fee is 294 euros per month. In the current elective system, most self-employed workers pay the minimum amount available, regardless of their income.

The latest offer from the Ministry of Social Security, which has been sent to several entities in the negotiation, would mean applying an intermediate reform for the next three years, from 2023 to 2025 with income bands (13 in total): the lowest quota It would be 240 euros per month for workers with net income of less than 670 euros per month, followed by several intermediate installments, up to a maximum fee of 600 euros per month for all self-employed workers with benefits of more than 3,200 euros per month.

The proposal for a flat rate of 70 euros per month in the first two years of activity for workers with benefits below the SMI is maintained.

These new amounts communicated to several interlocutors of the negotiation can change, all the parties consulted insist, because they are not talking about a final proposal. The amounts represent a significant change compared to the last one at the end of February in terms of the highest contributions. Far from 1,100 euros per month, Escrivá would agree to leave the highest price at 600 euros per month in the next three years. As of 2025, it would be negotiated again how to continue making the transition to adapt the quota to the income.

From the Ministry that Escrivá directs, they do not confirm these figures: “There are no news or any new proposals, nor is there a pre-agreement. The negotiation continues and the ministry does not usually comment on the details of it. At the moment there are no scheduled meetings of the negotiating table, these sources point out.

Entrepreneurs and ATA ask for lower quotas

This Wednesday, from CEOE, Cepyme and the association of self-employed within the employers’ association (ATA) made a joint proposal public. The three entities have criticized that they have not received this latest offer from the Ministry that other entities have received, but they take the gauntlet to the change in approach of Social Security: they accept that a reform be applied in two steps, with amounts until 2025 already from that year, re-study the issue. Entrepreneurs have been wary of applying the income-based reform throughout the process, which will mean paying more to those with more profits.

Of course, the employers and ATA claim lower quotas for the next three years than those that the Ministry is considering. They propose to stay more or less at the minimum quota formally raised in February, with a minimum of 205 euros per month, and that a maximum quota of 400 euros per month be paid in the case of workers with benefits greater than 3,600 euros per month. The Social Security contribution of an employee with a salary of these amounts would be about 1,300 euros per month. Consequently, his social protection, which is calculated based on what is contributed, would also be higher.

At UATAE – an association linked to the CCOO – they insist “that any reform must contemplate a lower quota for lower and intermediate sections, a greater effort from the highest sections and clear measures to improve social protection”, such as a comprehensive reform of the benefit of cessation of activity to make it more accessible and subsidies similar to those of salaried workers (over 45 and 52 years of age), claims its general secretary, María José Landaburu. “The proposal known today from CEOE, CEPYME and ATA does not contemplate any of this,” she points out.


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