Access to social protection for people working on non-standard contracts and as self-employed in Europe. A study of national policies

Spasova S., Bouget D., Ghailani D. and Vanhercke B.

European Social Policy Network (ESPN), Brussels: European Commission, 2017, 100p.

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This new ESPN report demonstrates that while non-standard workers and self-employed may be formally covered by a social protection scheme, in many cases they do not have effective access because eligibility conditions are not tailored to their needs. Recent domestic reforms extend social protection of the self-employed, but they still have lower coverage and receive lower benefits, while their poverty risk rate is an alarming three times higher than salaried workers.

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