With the aim of preserving the dignity of work and increasing the social protection of self-employed workers, Decree-Law no. 2/2018, of January 9, amended the rules of the Social Security System , introducing important changes to the contributory scheme of self-employed workers, in order to establish a greater balance between the duties and the contributory rights of these workers and an effective social protection that improves the perception of benefits, contributing to a greater connection to the social security system.
The changes made are based on a set of fundamental principles for the establishment of a relationship of trust between self-employed workers and the social security system, such as a greater temporal approximation of the contribution to be paid to the relevant recent income, as well as a greater the social protection of self-employed workers and the reinforcement of the distribution of contributory effort among self-employed persons with a strong or total dependence on income from a single entity, without forgetting the need for simplification and greater transparency in the relationship between self- social security scheme.
These changes entered into force in January 2018, but only take effect on January 1, 2019.
Source: Instituto de Segurança Social, I.P.