Self-Employed (As % of Total Workforce) fell to 15.2% in South Africa in 2018

Self-Employed (As % of Total Workforce) (%)
Labour | South Africa | May 18, 2019
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Self-Employed (As % of Total Workforce) reached 15.2 % in 2018 in South Africa. This is 11.7 % less than in the previous year.

Historically, Self-Employed (As % of Total Workforce) in South Africa reached an all time high of 22.7 % in 2001 and an all time low of 14.1 % in 2014. When compared to South Africa's main peers, Self-Employed (As % of Total Workforce) in Botswana amounted to 28.0 %, 55.4 % in Lesotho, 29.3 % in Namibia and 35.1 % in Swaziland in 2018.

South Africa has been ranked 134th within the group of 175 countries we follow in terms of Self-Employed (As % of Total Workforce), 2 places behind the position seen 10 years ago.

Self-employed workers are those workers who, working on their own account or with one or a few partners or in a cooperative, hold the type of jobs defined as "self-employment jobs" (i.

Self-Employed (As % of Total Workforce) Unit 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Angola % 71.7% 71.6% 71.6% 71.7% 71.5%
Botswana % 29.3% 29.0% 28.6% 28.7% 28.4%
Lesotho % 57.0% 56.9% 56.5% 56.3% 56.1%
Mozambique % 87.5% 87.0% 86.5% 86.0% 85.8%
Namibia % 36.6% 36.1% 33.8% 31.6% 29.6%
South Africa % 15.4% 14.9% 14.1% 14.6% 15.1%
Swaziland % 32.0% 32.8% 33.7% 34.5% 35.3%
Zambia % 79.5% 79.2% 79.0% 78.8% 78.6%
Zimbabwe % 66.0% 65.9% 66.0% 66.1% 66.2%