COVID-19 loss of earnings compensation for the self-employed

Federal Social Insurance Office

Key facts

In order to cushion the economic consequences of the the COVID‑19 pandemic, the Federal Council and Parliament made extensive financial aid packages available, including the COVID-19 loss of earnings compensation (CLEC). Between March 2020 and October 2021, the Confederation paid out CLEC benefits totalling CHF 3.5 billion, of which CHF 2.6 billion went to self-employed individuals. This was the first time ever that the Confederation provided financial support to self-employed individuals in an economic emergency.