Sharpest employment growth in the cleaning industry and the computing sector
In 2020, there were 1,994 so-called high-growth enterprises in the sector of manufacturing and market services . A high-growth enterprise is an enterprise with more than 10 employees and an annual growth of this staff of more than 10 % over the last three years. The growth is adjusted for jobs from the takeover of other enterprises. This is an organic growth.
These high-growth enterprises employed 114,251 employees in 2020.
Sectors with the most high-growth enterprises are “Computer programming, consultancy and related activities” (162 enterprises), “Cleaning activities” (158 enterprises) and “Freight transport by road and removal services” (117 enterprises).
The fastest growing sectors employing the most employees are “Cleaning activities” (20,182 employees), “Computer programming, consultancy and related activities” (10,313 employees), “Freight transport by road and removal services" (5,323 employees) and temporary work agencies (5,158 employees).
The year 2018 is marked by a methodological change with the complete introduction of the concept of enterprise based on the groups of enterprises. The whole explanation is available on our documents page.
 Manufacturing and market services, excluding holdings and excluding profit organisations in education / human health and social work activities / arts, entertainment and recreation / other service activities (NACE P-S).
The statistic on high-growth enterprises in the market sector provides information on the number and the total employment according to the activity. A high-growth enterprise is an enterprise with more than 10 employees in the reference year T which registers an average annual 10 % growth over the three following years. The growth is adjusted for jobs from the takeover of other enterprises during the three-years window. This is an organic growth.
An enterprise is considered to be a high-growth enterprise in the year T if the 3 following conditions are ALL fulfilled:
- it is not a birth in the year T-3.
- it has more than 10 employees in the year T-3. This threshold is used to avoid including very small companies with high growth from 2 to 5 employees for example.
- this enterprise has a growth of more than 10 % over the period of 3 years. This is obtained by the following formula:
It should be noted that the calculation of employment in T excludes employees from any takeover by the enterprise during the period [T-3 ;T]. So, when an acquisition is recorded over the period [T-3 ;T], we subtract from the number of employees in T the number of employees of the enterprise taken over at the time of the acquisition.
Nace rev.2 B to N, K and S95.