The effects of the pandemic crisis on self-employed
The purpose of this research is to present the changes and trends that have taken place in the labor market following the pandemic crisis. The pandemic has disrupted economies around the world, and the economic consequences are enormous. The purpose of this paper is to identify the changes and transformations that have taken place in the Israeli self-employment market and to examine the effects of the pandemic crisis on these changes. Changes in the economic outlook were manifested in a variety of aspects, such as a significant reduction in the flow of government investment and credit to the economy, developing and expanding employment opportunities, and providing greater space for the involvement of private parties in large parts of the economy, which was reflected, among other things, in increasing the number of public sector employees. As a result of this crisis, more and more workers can be seen switching to self-employment or "contract work", on the one hand, these forms of work are characterized by a weakening of the mutual commitment between the worker and his workplace and, in some cases, they violate workers' social rights, but allow for high professional flexibility. At present, the trend is referred very much to the change in the nature of traditional work. This paper leads to conclusions about the development of self-employment while formulating a unique picture of the effects of the pandemic crisis on the Israeli labor market.
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