The overall number of people in a job in the country increased by half a percent from September and by 1.8% since October 2018, according to a report from the Statistics Office.
Roughly 10% of those having a job (92,885) were self-employed. Their number fell by 1.6% year-on-year. The number of other people in employment rose by 2.2% in the same time to 808,400.
342,000 Bulgarians are self-employed with a total of 3 million and one hundred and eighty-eight thousand employed, according to the data of the European Statistical Office Eurostat for 2018. Year-on-year, those who work for themselves dropped by 7,000. A total of 32 million Europeans are self-employed.
A number of self-employed professionals, enterprises and farmers will as of 2019 only have to submit their lists of suppliers and clients once a year, by March 31, compared to four times a year (every quarter) as has been the case up until today, a circular by the Independent Authority for Public Revenue stated on Friday.
In Bulgaria self-employed workers are about 352 thousand people. Only 30% of them are very happy with their work. This is shown by Eurostat data for 2017, reports Dnevnik.
This percentage is lower in only three other EU countries. In Romania, 19 per cent of self-employed are satisfied with their work, while in Cyprus and Portugal they are 28 per cent and 29 per cent respectively.
The government's recent announcement on the upcoming reduction of social security contributions constitutes a direct admission that the law introduced by former social security minister Giorgos Katrougalos has since 2016 served as a mechanism for confiscating up to 70 percent of the incomes of thousands of self-employed professional, mainly lawyers, engineers and doctors, say sector representat