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Independent Contractors: How Many?

Independent Contractors of Australia is frequently asked for statistics on the numbers of self-employed persons. The statistics below have been collated in response to those requests. ICA tracks these figures and updates them as new statistics become available. Self-employed people are people who work for themselves and who might either employ or not employ other people.

Statistics from

Definitions used

There seems to be considerable confusion over terms and definitions used. To assist with clarity, ICA has accumulated and put various definitions into groups below.

ICA says:
Self-employed is the generic term for all working people who are not employees.

This is split into two major sub-categories

  • Independent contractors. Work entirely on their own without employing anyone.
  • Small business employers. They own and operate their business which has grown to a size where they employ other people.


 

 

 

Self-employed who …

do not employ anyone

do employ others

Aust Bureau Stats

Aust

 

 

Independent contractors

Other business operators

International Labour Organisation

ILO

 

Self-employed

Small business

Independent contractors

Employers

Entity Solutions

 

Aust

Link

 

IPros (independent Professionals)

 

Roy Morgan Research

Aust

Link

 

Small Business

 

 

Prof P Leighton

 

EU/UK

Link

 

Independent Professional

 

MBO report

USA

Link

 

 

Independent worker

Employer business

UK ‘Visual’

UK

Link

 

Work for themselves

Self-employed

 

 

Professional Contractors Group

UK

 

 

Freelancers

 

Zurich Uni

EU

Link

 

Self employed

 

 

General usage

 

 

Home workers

 

 



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