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Labor > Employment > Self-employment > Self-employment rates > Women: 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 51.5% 2009
2 Mexico 34.75% 2009
3 Belgium 31.62% 2009
4 South Korea 31.24% 2009
5 Greece 31.11% 2009
6 Portugal 22.15% 2009
7 Poland 20.91% 2009
8 Italy 20% 2009
9 Spain 13.48% 2009
10 Japan 13.13% 2009
High income OECD countries average (profile) 12.84% 2009
11 New Zealand 12.68% 2009
12 Austria 12.26% 2009
13 Switzerland 11.37% 2009
14 Czech Republic 10.54% 2009
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 10.11% 2009
15 Australia 9.8% 2009
16 Netherlands 9.73% 2009
17 Germany 9.24% 2009
18 Hungary 9.17% 2009
19 Finland 8.24% 2009
20 United Kingdom 8.18% 2009
21 Canada 8.05% 2009
22 Iceland 7.56% 2009
23 Slovakia 7.34% 2009
24 Ireland 7.11% 2009
25 France 6.31% 2009
26 United States 5.84% 2009
27 Sweden 5.81% 2009
28 Denmark 5.47% 2009
29 Norway 4.69% 2009

Citation

"Countries Compared by Labor > Employment > Self-employment > Self-employment rates > Women. 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/Women

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Interesting observations about Labor > Employment > Self-employment > Self-employment rates > Women

  • Turkey ranked first for employment > self-employment > self-employment rates > women amongst Potential Future EU Members in 2009.
  • 3 of the top 19 countries by employment > self-employment > self-employment rates > women are Sparsely populated.
  • 4 of the top 23 countries by employment > self-employment > self-employment rates > women are Eastern European.
  • 2 of the top 10 countries by employment > self-employment > self-employment rates > women are G7.
  • 2 of the top 15 countries by employment > self-employment > self-employment rates > women are English speaking .
  • 2 of the top 15 countries by employment > self-employment > self-employment rates > women are Former British Colonies'.
  • 4 of the top 9 countries by employment > self-employment > self-employment rates > women are Southern European.
  • 4 of the top 15 countries by employment > self-employment > self-employment rates > women are East Asian and Pacific.
  • 13 of the top 20 countries by employment > self-employment > self-employment rates > women are European Union.
  • 2 of the top 9 countries by employment > self-employment > self-employment rates > women are Tourist destination.
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