It’s been a tough virus era for the self-employed workers: Here’s why

Research finds working hours of self-employed workers saw a significant drop during the crisis period

The era of the coronavirus has brought in much impact to the livelihoods of people around the world. The successive lockdowns and restrictions imposed by the governments have come about as a bolt from the blue not just small businesses but also the workers they have employed.

Even tougher has been the conditions of the self-employed individuals around the globe. The self-employed have been found as the most-hit section of people as the virus spread without any pause.

It has been found that working hours of these self-employed people saw a significant drop during the crisis period. A study published by economists Ron Diris, Egbert Jongen and Olaf van Vliet from Leiden University in the journal Economisch Statistische Berichten has brought to the fore the impact they virus had on self-employed workers.

Average work hours of self-employed workers saw huge dip

It found that average hours worked reduced most at the start of the crisis, by more than five hours per week. The researchers analysed the work hours of self-employed workers till June of 2021. That means the ongoing restrictions have not been incorporated.

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