Enterprise population keeps growing
The number of companies with 2 or more employed persons has decreased slightly, to just under 427 thousand. This is less than 20 percent of the enterprise population.
Last year, there were more than 136 thousand enterprise deaths and more than 240 thousand enterprise births. The net increase was more modest than in 2021. The largest sector is specialised business services with just under 413 thousand enterprises, followed by trade (271 thousand) and construction (nearly 243 thousand).
|Jaar||2 or more employed persons (x 1,000)||1 employed person (x 1,000)|
|* Provisional figures ** Revised provisional figures|
Most start-ups in construction
At 11.1 thousand, the number of enterprise births was highest in the construction sector. The vast majority of these newcomers were one-man businesses (10.7 thousand). In addition, many organisational consulting firms (over 8 thousand), paramedical practices and financial holding companies (both around 7 thousand) started up. Many new businesses were also set up in study support, event catering and home care.
There were also many organisational consulting firms (over 6 thousand) and general construction firms (nearly 5 thousand) among the enterprise deaths. Other industries with ceasing businesses included online clothing shops, software developers and paramedical practices.
The highest net number of enterprise births was found in general construction (nearly 6.2 thousand), paramedical practices (nearly 4.8 thousand) and event catering (4.4 thousand).
|Branche||Births (x 1,000)||Deaths (x 1,000)|
|Other paramedical practices||7.4||2.6|
|Study support, education||6.3||2.4|
|Other management consultancies||4.6||2.1|
|Online clothing shops||4.2||3.1|
|Beauty and pedicure salons||4.0||2.5|
Many births and deaths among webshops with over 1 employed person
Although enterprises with more than 1 employed person form a smaller group, they are generally of greater importance to the economy. This group saw around 17 thousand births and around 21 thousand deaths. Within this group, more online shops were dissolved than established in 2022: 3.3 thousand versus 3.0 thousand. A similar trend was seen among eating and drinking establishments with more than 1 employed person.
Most start-ups were shops selling home and garden items (675), clothing (655) and general assortments (535). Among businesses with more than 1 employed persons, an increase was seen in general construction. At 150, the net increase was highest among PR agencies, followed by web shops selling home and garden items (110) and agencies in general construction and employment services (both 65).
|Online home and garden item shops||675||565|
|Online clothing shops||655||810|
|Online general assortment shops||535||555|
|Snack bars, lunchrooms and food stalls||525||650|
|Online food shops||375||380|
|Online shops in other non-food||330||490|
|Study support, education||275||245|