Work, construction site opens on autonomous jobs act: First round today

The government opens the construction site to self-employment. Today, with the first of a long series of meetings that will continue tomorrow and will resume after the approval of the budget law, the ‘jobs act’ for self-employment has begun to reshape starting from the 2017 law. Aggregations between professionals, fair compensation, social security, subsidiarity, training and orientation: these are some of the topics addressed during the first appointment today with the representatives of the Orders, Funds and trade unions of professionals convened by the Minister of Labour, Marina Calderone.

At the center were proposals and reflections with which to face a busy agenda “due to the many topics that emerged during the meeting”, as explained in a note from the via Veneto dicastery at the end of the table to which Confprofessioni, Adeep were convened today and Italian professions.

“The intent is to take up the challenges of this time and how to respond with pragmatic solutions to the many ongoing demands”, commented Minister Calderone at the end, explaining how we work “for objectives and on concrete aspects, implementing that table for the self-employed provided for by law n. 81/2017: a starting point for rethinking the relationship of the professions with the institutions and the community”. Tomorrow new round with the representatives of the professions ex lege.

Today’s meeting, underlines the president of Confprofessioni, Gaetano Stella, “represents an important stimulus to achieve results for the professions that have been lacking in recent years, due to the lack of attention from recent governments and the emergency pandemic that has dramatically increased the differences between self-employed workers and employees, especially in the context of welfare protection”, he adds, listing the fields in which Confprofessioni needs to intervene. Starting with Iscro “which represents the first real social shock absorber for self-employment and VAT numbers”, to the correct functioning of self-employment counters “which have never taken off”. Furthermore, adds Stella, a relaunch of training and professional guidance is needed, “focusing on STEM disciplines which can provide new employment opportunities for thousands of young people”.

But the starting point for relaunching the competitiveness of the professional sector is digitalisation. “In the Pnrr – he underlines – huge resources are allocated for businesses and for the Public Administration, but nothing for the free professions. With a view to revising the Plan, it would therefore be appropriate to provide a specific chapter for the digitization of professions, while at the same time promoting aggregation processes and eliminating the regulatory barriers that divide businesses and professionals”, concluded Stella, reiterating the need to eliminate the double taxation on the part of the professional pension funds and hoping for “a rapid process for the draft law on fair compensation”.

The meeting, explain the presidents of the National Bar Council and the National Council of Accountants, Maria Masi and Elbano de Nuccio, at the end of today’s meeting with Minister Calderone, “was a useful opportunity to discuss with the Minister on the needs of professionals enrolled in our two Registers. We talked about welfare for young people and women, income support policies, partnerships between professionals, professional training. All crucial issues for the future of our professions on which the Minister has expressed the will to collect the proposals that we will make in the next few weeks”.

(by Alessandra Testorio)