Which Country Has the Most Self-Employed Workers?

Self-Employed (As % of Total Workforce) (%), 2018
Labour | May 18, 2019
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Based on a comparison of 173 countries in 2018, Burundi ranked the highest in Self-Employed (As % of Total Workforce) with 94.7% followed by Central African Republic and Chad. On the other end of the scale was Qatar with 0.410%, Kuwait with 1.74% and Bahrain with 2.74%.

Average Self-Employed (As % of Total Workforce) reached 48.0% in 2018 in the World. This is 16.5 % less than in the previous year and -6.65 % less than 10 years ago.

Historically, average Self-Employed (As % of Total Workforce) reached an all time high of 55.9% in 1991 and an all time low of 48.0% in 2018. The average annual growth amounted to -0.014 % since 1960.

Data for more countries are available at Self-Employed (As % of Total Workforce) indicator page.

Self-Employed (As % of Total Workforce) Unit 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Afghanistan % 90.4% 90.3% 90.2% 90.2% 90.1%
Benin % 89.9% 89.8% 89.7% 89.6% 89.5%
Burkina Faso % 89.5% 88.7% 87.8% 87.7% 87.5%
Burundi % 94.7% 94.7% 94.7% 94.7% 94.7%
Central African Republic % 94.5% 94.6% 94.6% 94.6% 94.6%
Chad % 93.4% 93.4% 93.3% 93.3% 93.4%
Ethiopia % 88.7% 88.2% 87.8% 87.5% 87.1%
Guinea % 92.3% 92.3% 92.2% 92.2% 92.0%
Haiti % 86.9% 86.7% 86.6% 86.5% 86.4%
Madagascar % 89.0% 89.1% 89.3% 89.4% 89.3%
Mali % 90.2% 90.4% 90.6% 90.7% 90.6%
Mozambique % 87.5% 87.0% 86.5% 86.0% 85.8%
Niger % 90.3% 90.2% 90.2% 90.2% 90.1%
Sierra Leone % 89.4% 88.9% 88.9% 89.3% 89.2%
South Sudan % 88.7% 88.6% 88.7% 89.1% 89.6%