Self-employed persons; income, wealth, characteristics


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 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 from: 2007.

Status of the figures:
The figures in this table are provisional.

Changes as of 2019 November 20:
Entrepreneurs without income have been added for years 2007 - 2010. These are predominantly contributing family workers. Additionally the table has been updated with 2017 - 2018.

When will new figures be published?
Updated figures will be published in December 2020.

Self-employed persons; income, wealth, characteristics

Type of self-employment Branches (SIC2008) Person characteristics Sex Periods Self-employed, main incomeSelf-employed persons (x 1 000) Self-employed, main incomeSelf-employed incomeMedian self-employed income (1 000 euro) Self-employed, main incomeSelf-employed incomeMedian equivalised income (1 000 euro) Self-employed, main incomeSelf-employed wealthMedian wealth (1 000 euro) Self-employed, all incomesSelf-employed persons (x 1 000) Self-employed, all incomesSelf-employed incomeMedian self-employed income (1 000 euro) Self-employed, all incomesSelf-employed incomeMedian equivalised income (1 000 euro) Self-employed, all incomesSelf-employed wealthMedian wealth (1 000 euro)
Self-employed A-U All economic activities Total persons Total male and female 2018* 1,265.1 32.4 34.8 177.9 1,903.9 16.7 34.2 157.4
Solo self-employed A-U All economic activities Total persons Total male and female 2018* 939.6 28.0 33.0 149.9 1,538.5 12.1 33.0 135.8
Self-employed with employees A-U All economic activities Total persons Total male and female 2018* 302.7 49.3 40.6 285.1 328.8 46.2 40.4 284.7
Contributing family worker A-U All economic activities Total persons Total male and female 2018* 22.7 5.5 32.1 223.1 36.6 0.0 35.0 213.9
Self-employed entrepreneur A-U All economic activities Total persons Total male and female 2018* 942.0 30.4 34.1 145.1 1,227.8 22.0 34.0 138.8
Owner-manager A-U All economic activities Total persons Total male and female 2018* 213.6 62.0 42.0 511.3 245.6 56.4 42.3 517.1
Other self-employed A-U All economic activities Total persons Total male and female 2018* 86.8 7.5 26.4 94.1 393.7 1.5 30.6 100.2
Source: CBS.
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