AT A GLANCE

  • According to the OECD< the share of a self-employed workers as a percentage of total employment has been growing steadily in various countries
  • In 2015, the share of self-employed workers ranged from under 7% to over 30% across OECD countries
  • Self-employment rats are highest in countries with lower income levles per capita, such as Greece, Turkey, Brazil, and Mexico

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July 01, 2016

Countries with the Highest Self-Employment

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.

Countries with the Highest Self-Employment Rates

Countries with the Highest Self-Employment Rates

Source: OECD


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