Latin America and the Caribbean: share of self-employed workers 2012-2024

After rising by one percent between 2014 and 2018, the average rate of self-employment in Latin America and the Caribbean is expected to decrease over the coming years. In 2017, 37 percent of the employed population of Latin America and the Caribbean were considered self-employed, or having a job where the remuneration is directly dependent upon the profits derived from the goods and services provided.

Self-employed workers as share of total employed population in Latin America and the Caribbean from 2012 to 2024

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Source

Release date

November 2018

Region

Central and South America

Survey time period

2012 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* Starting from the indicated year, figures are forecasts (as of November 2018).

According to ILO, self-employed workers are those workers who, working on their own account or with one or a few partners or in cooperative, hold the type of jobs defined as a "self-employment jobs", which are commonly characterized as jobs where the remuneration is directly dependent upon the profits derived from the goods and services produced. Self-employed workers comprise four sub-categories: employers, own-account workers, members of producers' cooperatives, and contributing family workers.

The figures are calculated from the total employed population. Self-employment status does not include employees (workers who hold the type of jobs defined as “paid employment jobs”, where the incumbents hold employment contracts that give them a basic remuneration), workers not classifiable by status, unemployed or non-economically active population.

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