Women account for one-quarter of internationally active entrepreneurs. In 2018, for example, there were altogether 142 thousand male internationally active entrepreneurs in the Dutch business economy, against 49 thousand female entrepreneurs. Although the number of male entrepreneurs is considerably larger than the number of female entrepreneurs, there has hardly been any difference in recent years in the extent to which they are active internationally. In 2018, 14.5 percent of female entrepreneurs were internationally active, while this share stood at 15.2 percent among male entrepreneurs.
|Geslacht||2016 (%)||2017 (%)||2018 (%)|
|Male internationally active entrepreneurs||15.8||15.5||15.2|
|Female internationally active entrepreneurs||15.3||14.7||14.5|
The extent to which male and female entrepreneurs trade internationally is connected with their age. The share of male entrepreneurs who are internationally active increases up to and including the age category 45-54 years and then declines. For female entrepreneurs, the share increases with age and does not decline from the age of 55. In the group entrepreneurs aged 25 to 54, women are slightly less internationally active than their male counterparts. Socioeconomic factors such as childcare probably play a role here.
|Leeftijdscategorie||Male internationally active entrepreneurs (%)||Female internationally active entrepreneurs (%)|
|15 to 24 yrs||6.0||6.4|
|25 to 34 yrs||11.4||10.0|
|35 to 44 yrs||15.3||13.6|
|45 to 54 yrs||18.1||16.6|
|55 to 64 yrs||17.1||17.0|
|65 yrs and over||15.1||17.7|
The extent to which male and female entrepreneurs are internationally active also differs between sectors. In construction and in transportation and storage, female entrepreneurs are considerably more likely to engage in international activities than male entrepreneurs. The wholesale and retail trade sector not only has the highest number (in absolute terms) but also the highest percentage of internationally active entrepreneurs among both men and women. Female entrepreneurs were the least internationally active in the real estate sector (5 percent) in 2018. When only looking at international entrepreneurship, women are relatively more likely to be found in wholesale trade, while men are more likely to be active in construction, ICT and manufacturing.
|Sector||Male internationally active entrepreneurs (%)||Female internationally active entrepreneurs (%)|
|Wholesale and retail trade||33.4||29.5|
|Transportation and storage||15.5||25.5|
|Information and communication||12.9||11.3|
|Rental of movable property||9.7||6.8|
|Consultancy and research||9.2||6.2|
|Accommodation and food services||8.4||6.5|
|Real estate activities||7.1||5.1|