Self-employed persons; income, wealth, characteristics

Self-employed persons; income, wealth, characteristics

Type of self-employment Branches (SIC2008) Person characteristics Sex Periods Self-employed, main income Self-employed persons (x 1 000) Self-employed, main income Self-employed income Average personal income (1 000 euro) Self-employed, main income Self-employed income Median personal income (1 000 euro) Self-employed, main income Self-employed income Average self-employed income (1 000 euro) Self-employed, main income Self-employed income Median self-employed income (1 000 euro) Self-employed, main income Self-employed income Average equivalised income (1 000 euro) Self-employed, main income Self-employed income Median equivalised income (1 000 euro) Self-employed, all incomes Self-employed persons (x 1 000) Self-employed, all incomes Self-employed income Average personal income (1 000 euro) Self-employed, all incomes Self-employed income Median personal income (1 000 euro) Self-employed, all incomes Self-employed income Average self-employed income (1 000 euro) Self-employed, all incomes Self-employed income Median self-employed income (1 000 euro) Self-employed, all incomes Self-employed income Average equivalised income (1 000 euro) Self-employed, all incomes Self-employed income Median equivalised income (1 000 euro)
Self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 1st 10%-group Total male and female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 1st 10%-group Male 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 1st 10%-group Female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 2nd 10%-group Total male and female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 2nd 10%-group Male 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 2nd 10%-group Female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 3rd 10%-group Total male and female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 3rd 10%-group Male 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 3rd 10%-group Female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 4th 10%-group Total male and female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 4th 10%-group Male 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 4th 10%-group Female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 5th 10%-group Total male and female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 5th 10%-group Male 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 5th 10%-group Female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 6th 10%-group Total male and female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 6th 10%-group Male 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 6th 10%-group Female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 7th 10%-group Total male and female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 7th 10%-group Male 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 7th 10%-group Female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 8th 10%-group Total male and female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 8th 10%-group Male 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 8th 10%-group Female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 9th 10%-group Total male and female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 9th 10%-group Male 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 9th 10%-group Female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 10th 10%-group Total male and female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 10th 10%-group Male 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 10th 10%-group Female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Solo self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 1st 10%-group Total male and female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Solo self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 1st 10%-group Male 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Solo self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 1st 10%-group Female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Solo self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 2nd 10%-group Total male and female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Solo self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 2nd 10%-group Male 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Solo self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 2nd 10%-group Female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Solo self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 3rd 10%-group Total male and female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Solo self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 3rd 10%-group Male 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Solo self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 3rd 10%-group Female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Solo self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 4th 10%-group Total male and female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Solo self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 4th 10%-group Male 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Solo self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 4th 10%-group Female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Solo self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 5th 10%-group Total male and female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Solo self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 5th 10%-group Male 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Solo self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 5th 10%-group Female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Solo self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 6th 10%-group Total male and female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Solo self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 6th 10%-group Male 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Solo self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 6th 10%-group Female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Solo self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 7th 10%-group Total male and female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Solo self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 7th 10%-group Male 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Solo self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 7th 10%-group Female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Solo self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 8th 10%-group Total male and female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Solo self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 8th 10%-group Male 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Solo self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 8th 10%-group Female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Solo self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 9th 10%-group Total male and female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Solo self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 9th 10%-group Male 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Solo self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 9th 10%-group Female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Solo self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 10th 10%-group Total male and female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Solo self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 10th 10%-group Male 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Solo self-employed T Activities of households Equivalised income: 10th 10%-group Female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed with employees T Activities of households Equivalised income: 1st 10%-group Total male and female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed with employees T Activities of households Equivalised income: 1st 10%-group Male 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed with employees T Activities of households Equivalised income: 1st 10%-group Female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed with employees T Activities of households Equivalised income: 2nd 10%-group Total male and female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed with employees T Activities of households Equivalised income: 2nd 10%-group Male 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed with employees T Activities of households Equivalised income: 2nd 10%-group Female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed with employees T Activities of households Equivalised income: 3rd 10%-group Total male and female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed with employees T Activities of households Equivalised income: 3rd 10%-group Male 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed with employees T Activities of households Equivalised income: 3rd 10%-group Female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed with employees T Activities of households Equivalised income: 4th 10%-group Total male and female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed with employees T Activities of households Equivalised income: 4th 10%-group Male 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed with employees T Activities of households Equivalised income: 4th 10%-group Female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed with employees T Activities of households Equivalised income: 5th 10%-group Total male and female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed with employees T Activities of households Equivalised income: 5th 10%-group Male 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed with employees T Activities of households Equivalised income: 5th 10%-group Female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed with employees T Activities of households Equivalised income: 6th 10%-group Total male and female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed with employees T Activities of households Equivalised income: 6th 10%-group Male 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed with employees T Activities of households Equivalised income: 6th 10%-group Female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed with employees T Activities of households Equivalised income: 7th 10%-group Total male and female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed with employees T Activities of households Equivalised income: 7th 10%-group Male 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed with employees T Activities of households Equivalised income: 7th 10%-group Female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed with employees T Activities of households Equivalised income: 8th 10%-group Total male and female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed with employees T Activities of households Equivalised income: 8th 10%-group Male 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed with employees T Activities of households Equivalised income: 8th 10%-group Female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed with employees T Activities of households Equivalised income: 9th 10%-group Total male and female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed with employees T Activities of households Equivalised income: 9th 10%-group Male 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed with employees T Activities of households Equivalised income: 9th 10%-group Female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed with employees T Activities of households Equivalised income: 10th 10%-group Total male and female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed with employees T Activities of households Equivalised income: 10th 10%-group Male 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Self-employed with employees T Activities of households Equivalised income: 10th 10%-group Female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Contributing family worker T Activities of households Equivalised income: 1st 10%-group Total male and female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Contributing family worker T Activities of households Equivalised income: 1st 10%-group Male 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Contributing family worker T Activities of households Equivalised income: 1st 10%-group Female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Contributing family worker T Activities of households Equivalised income: 2nd 10%-group Total male and female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Contributing family worker T Activities of households Equivalised income: 2nd 10%-group Male 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Contributing family worker T Activities of households Equivalised income: 2nd 10%-group Female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Contributing family worker T Activities of households Equivalised income: 3rd 10%-group Total male and female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Contributing family worker T Activities of households Equivalised income: 3rd 10%-group Male 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Contributing family worker T Activities of households Equivalised income: 3rd 10%-group Female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
Contributing family worker T Activities of households Equivalised income: 4th 10%-group Total male and female 2020* 0.0 . . . . . . 0.0 . . . . . .
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 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 for 2006 to 2019 are final. The figures for 2020 are preliminary.

Changes as of March 2022:
Figures on the wealth of the self-employed in 2010 were incorrect, and have been removed. For this year the wealth of 2011 applies, as 2011 marks a shift in sample date from December 31 to January 1. Missing wealth figures for 2013 have been supplemented.

Changes as of July 2021:
Revised data for 2006 to 2019 have been added. Due to the availability of new sources and improvements in the methodology, wealth figures have changed. Additionally everyone with personnel is now classified as self-employed with employee (formerly this distinction was based solely on the enterprise constituting the main source of income).

When will new figures be published?
New figures for 2021 will be published in December 2022.

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).

Average personal income
Personal income is defined as income from labor, income from self-employment, allowances from income insurances (like unemployment benefits) and social facilities (except for child benefits). Premiums for income insurances (except for national insurances like social welfare) are deducted from the personal income.
Median personal income
Personal income is defined as income from labor, income from self-employment, allowances from income insurances (like unemployment benefits) and social facilities (except for child benefits). Premiums for income insurances (except for national insurances like social welfare) are deducted from the personal income. The median is defined as the value separating the higher half from the lower half of the distribution. In simple terms, it may be thought of as the "middle" value of a data set.
Average 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 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).

Average equivalised income
The disposable income is defined as the gross income minus current transfers paid (like alimony payments to an ex-partner), income insurance premiums, health insurance premiums and tax on income and wealth. Gross income is the sum of income from labour, income from self-employment, income from property, payments from the government and other receipts (like alimony payments by an ex-partner).

The equivalised income is the disposable income corrected for differences in household size and composition. The correction factor used reflects the advantages of scale of households with two or more members. The single person household is used as the reference household. The equivalised income is a measure of the prosperity of (members of) a household.


Median equivalised income
The disposable income is defined as the gross income minus current transfers paid (like alimony payments to an ex-partner), income insurance premiums, health insurance premiums and tax on income and wealth. Gross income is the sum of income from labour, income from self-employment, income from property, payments from the government and other receipts (like alimony payments by an ex-partner).

The equivalised income is the disposable income corrected for differences in household size and composition. The correction factor used reflects the advantages of scale of households with two or more members. The single person household is used as the reference household. The equivalised income is a measure of the prosperity of (members of) a household.


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).
Average personal income
Personal income is defined as income from labor, income from self-employment, allowances from income insurances (like unemployment benefits) and social facilities (except for child benefits). Premiums for income insurances (except for national insurances like social welfare) are deducted from the personal income.
Median personal income
Personal income is defined as income from labor, income from self-employment, allowances from income insurances (like unemployment benefits) and social facilities (except for child benefits). Premiums for income insurances (except for national insurances like social welfare) are deducted from the personal income. The median is defined as the value separating the higher half from the lower half of the distribution. In simple terms, it may be thought of as the "middle" value of a data set.
Average 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 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).

Average equivalised income
The disposable income is defined as the gross income minus current transfers paid (like alimony payments to an ex-partner), income insurance premiums, health insurance premiums and tax on income and wealth. Gross income is the sum of income from labour, income from self-employment, income from property, payments from the government and other receipts (like alimony payments by an ex-partner).

The equivalised income is the disposable income corrected for differences in household size and composition. The correction factor used reflects the advantages of scale of households with two or more members. The single person household is used as the reference household. The equivalised income is a measure of the prosperity of (members of) a household.
Median equivalised income
The disposable income is defined as the gross income minus current transfers paid (like alimony payments to an ex-partner), income insurance premiums, health insurance premiums and tax on income and wealth. Gross income is the sum of income from labour, income from self-employment, income from property, payments from the government and other receipts (like alimony payments by an ex-partner).

The equivalised income is the disposable income corrected for differences in household size and composition. The correction factor used reflects the advantages of scale of households with two or more members. The single person household is used as the reference household. The equivalised income is a measure of the prosperity of (members of) a household.