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Labor > Employment > Self-employment > Self-employment rates > Total: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: Employment is generally measured through household labour force surveys and, according to the ILO Guidelines, employed persons are defined as those aged 15 or over who report that they have worked in gainful employment for at least one hour in the previous week.

Self-employed persons include employers, own-account workers, members of producers’ co-operatives, and unpaid family workers. The last of these are unpaid in the sense that they do not have a formal contract to receive a fixed amount of income at regular intervals, but they share in the income generated by the enterprise; unpaid family workers are particularly important in farming and retail trade. Note that all persons who work in corporate enterprises, including company directors, are considered to be employees.

The rates shown here are the percentages of the self-employed in total civilian employment i.e., total employment less military employees.

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Turkey 41.88% 2009
2 Greece 35.91% 2009
3 Mexico 34.34% 2009
4 South Korea 31.85% 2009
5 Italy 26.36% 2009
6 Portugal 24.19% 2009
7 Poland 23.46% 2009
8 Spain 17.7% 2009
9 New Zealand 17.25% 2009
10 Ireland 16.8% 2009
11 Czech Republic 16.22% 2009
High income OECD countries average (profile) 15.27% 2009
12 Austria 14.39% 2009
13 United Kingdom 13.8% 2009
14 Belgium 13.8% 2009
15 Iceland 13.71% 2009
16 Japan 13.38% 2009
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 13.01% 2009
17 Australia 12.94% 2009
18 Slovakia 12.9% 2009
19 Finland 12.65% 2009
20 Hungary 12.49% 2009
21 Netherlands 12.39% 2009
22 Germany 12.05% 2009
23 Switzerland 11.55% 2009
24 Sweden 10.59% 2009
25 Canada 9.31% 2009
26 France 8.95% 2009
27 Denmark 8.9% 2009
28 Norway 8% 2009
29 United States 7.22% 2009
30 Luxembourg 6.11% 2009

Citation

"Countries Compared by Labor > Employment > Self-employment > Self-employment rates > Total. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", OECD Country statistical profiles 2009. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Labor/Employment/Self--employment/Self--employment-rates/Total

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