Of those surveyed, 65% said they did not qualify for the Government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).
Currently, freelancers and the self-employed have no entitlement to Statutory Sick Pay, which means many are left without any income should they contract the virus. Unsurprisingly, the survey also found that the vast majority (89%) of respondents are concerned about the loss of income that might result.
In light of the challenges freelancers face, the company has partnered with insurtech Indeez to create#CoviSure – the first insurance package for independent workers who are unable to work due to Coronavirus.
It is being rolled out across the UK and France for £3.99 a month (€4.99 a month in France). #CoviSure will ensure freelancers are financially protected, mitigating income loss and providing peace of mind for independent workers while they take time to rest and recover.
The package underwritten by Chubb insurance will be rolled out across the UK and France for £3.99 a month (€4.99 a month in France). #CoviSure will ensure freelancers are financially protected, mitigating income loss and providing peace of mind for independent workers while they take time to rest and recover.
“The Government has done its best to look after as many people as possible during this difficult time, but some have unfortunately fallen through the cracks. Freelancers are particularly at risk and so we felt obligated to do something about it,” said Xenios Thrasyvoulou, Founder and CEO of PeoplePerHour.
The income protection policy will pay out if a freelancer is unable to work due to hospitalisation or if they have to self-isolate following a positive PCR test for Covid-19. The product is also available directly on the Indeez platform.
Subscription to the 3-month protection offers a lump sum benefit of up to £1,000/€1,000 in the event of an inability to work due to contracting Coronavirus.
For more information about #CoviSure, please visit #CoviSure