Self-employed persons; income, wealth, characteristics; 2007-2016

Self-employed persons; income, wealth, characteristics; 2007-2016

Type of self-employed Sex Characteristics of persons Sector/Branches (SIC 2008) Periods Self-employed, main income Self-employed persons (x 1 000) Self-employed, main income Self-employed income Median personal income (1 000 euro) Self-employed, main income Self-employed wealth Median wealth (1 000 euro) Self-employed, all incomes Self-employed persons (x 1 000) Self-employed, all incomes Self-employed income Median personal income (1 000 euro) Self-employed, all incomes Self-employed wealth Median wealth (1 000 euro)
Self-employed Total male and female Total persons A-U All economic activities 2016* 1,205.9 30.9 125.2 1,788.2 31.8 111.3
Self-employed without employee Total male and female Total persons A-U All economic activities 2016* 894.6 26.8 101.5 1,441.2 29.6 93.0
Self-employed with employee Total male and female Total persons A-U All economic activities 2016* 289.3 46.2 217.0 312.2 45.6 217.5
Family worker Total male and female Total persons A-U All economic activities 2016* 22.0 7.4 178.0 34.7 13.8 168.9
Self-employed entrepreneur Total male and female Total persons A-U All economic activities 2016* 883.4 29.1 99.6 1,143.8 30.6 95.5
Owner-manager Total male and female Total persons A-U All economic activities 2016* 203.9 60.5 398.5 236.4 60.0 408.5
Other self-employed Total male and female Total persons A-U All economic activities 2016* 96.7 7.2 53.8 373.3 22.8 63.3
Source: CBS.
Explanation of symbols

Table description


This table contains statistics regarding income and capital of self-employed persons in the Netherlands. A distinction is made between, on the one hand, persons for whom self-employment provides for the main source of income, and on the other hand all persons with income from self-employed work. The number of sources of self-employed income is reported as well. The figures in this table are broken down by type of self-employed person, sector, gender, age, migration background, position in the household, and by income and wealth decile groups.

All statistics in this table are at the individual level, this includes capital; (corporate) assets are summed per household and then assigned to all household members, thus serving as a measure of personal prosperity. The sample date for both population and capital is the first of January of the reporting year. For the older years 2007 up to and including 2010, capital is sampled on the first of January of the year following the reporting year.

The General Business Register (ABR) is used to determine the sector (SBI) of self-employed persons. The ABR has been subject to various trend breaks in the period 2007-2011. This leads to a sharp decrease in the number of self-employed persons in the financial services (sector K) in 2010. Therefore caution is advised when consulting sector trends or comparing numbers across sectors.

Data available for 2007-2016.

Status of the figures:
All figures are provisional. Since this table has been discontinued, the status will remain fixed.

Changes as of 2019 March 1:
None, the table has been discontinued

When will new figures be published?
Not applicable. This table has been replaced, see paragraph 3 for a link to the new table.

Description topics

Self-employed, main income
Persons for whom self-employment provides for the main source of income.
Self-employed persons
Persons for whom self-employment provides for the main source of income.
Self-employed income
The income as a self-employed person comprises income from a self-owned company or practice, directorial wage, and other self-employed income (e.g. as a freelancer).

Median personal income
The gross income of an individual is made up of; income from work, income from enterprise, benefits from income insurance and social benefits (except child allowances).
Self-employed wealth
The capital of the household to which the self-employed person belongs, assigned to all household members as a measure of wealth.
Median wealth
Balance of assets and liabilities of a household, allocated to the people in that household as an indicator of personal wealth.
Self-employed, all incomes
All persons with income from self-employed labour.
Self-employed persons
Persons for whom self-employment provides for the main source of income.
Self-employed income
The income as a self-employed person comprises income from a self-owned company or practice, directorial wage, and other self-employed income (e.g. as a freelancer).
Median personal income
The gross income of an individual is made up of; income from work, income from enterprise, benefits from income insurance and social benefits (except child allowances).
Self-employed wealth
The capital of the household to which the self-employed person belongs, assigned to all household members as a measure of wealth.
Median wealth
Balance of assets and liabilities of a household, allocated to the people in that household as an indicator of personal wealth.