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Self-employment in 2017 - More than 1 in 5 self-employed in the EU had seized a suitable opportunity to run their own business

Brussels, 11 December 2018

Around 30% of self-employed reported no difficulties in their work

In 2017, in the European Union (EU), there were more than 228 million employed people, and about 33 million of them were self-employed. Self-employed people in the EUreported several reasons for becoming self-employed in the current job: suitable opportunity (23%), continuation of the family business (16%), usual practice in the field (15%), flexible work hours (11%), no job found as employee (11%) and request by former employer (2%).

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STAT/18/6761


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