There’s no denying that self-employment is emerging as a popular and sustainable trend. And this is not only in the United States, but also all across the world. According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the share of self-employed workers as a percentage of total employment has been growing steadily in various countries.
The OECD defines self-employed people as employers, own-account workers, members of producers’ co-operatives and unpaid family workers. In 2014, the share of self-employed workers ranged from under 7 percent to well over 30 percent across OECD countries.
Self-employment rates are highest in countries with lower income levels per capita. Countries such as Greece, Turkey, Brazil, and Mexico all have a self-employment rate higher than 30 percent.