Over 40 000 Bulgarians Work Multiple Jobs

Business | October 2, 2012, Tuesday // 12:12|  views

The number of Bulgarians handling multiple jobs is growing, according to data of the National Revenue Agency (NRA). File photo

The number of people officially working more than one job is growing, according to data of Bulgaria's National Revenue Agency (NRA).

The number of people who declared revenues from two employment contracts increased from slightly over 30 000 to over 40 000 in three years, according to reports of private TV station bTV.

The total number of people working both on employment and freelance contracts is also rising gradually.

"Most of these trends are due to the more aggressive policies of the NRA and the Labor Inspectorate, especially as regards 4-hour work days, camouflaging employment contracts as freelance contracts, but there is also an element of consciousness," NRA Spokesperson Rosen Bachvarov comments.

Economists point out that many Bulgarians look for a second job to cope with the loans they took some time ago.

At the same time, the tough conditions in which the companies operate have affected workers' salaries.

"The freezing of incomes or even the reduction of incomes at some places for some employees may force them to seek alternative employment at a second place, be it on Saturdays and Sundays, be it before or after their work time, depending on the concrete job," economist Kaloyan Staykov explains.

Economists argue that Bulgarians will keep looking for opportunities for two or more jobs over the next few years.

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Tags: National Revenue Agency, NRA, labor contract


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