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Self-employed people are more satisfied with their job than employees

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Self-employed people are more satisfied with their job than employees

Statbel, the Belgian statistical office, publishes today the results from a set of questions that were added in 2017 to the Labour Force Survey. A number of questions were specifically addressed to self-employed people.[1].

The main results are the following:

  • 93.6 % of the working population say they are satisfied to a large extent (49.9 %) or to some extent (43.7 %) with their job. The satisfaction of self-employed people is somewhat more pronounced: 94.5 % are satisfied to a large extent or satisfied.
  • 88 % of self-employed people say that they do not want to work as employees. Conversely, 92.5 % of the employees say that they do not want to work as self-employed.
  • Only 1.5 % of the self-employed are economically dependent. These self-employed people work without employees and largely depend on one client for their income and for the organisation of their work.
  • 27.6% are self-employed because it is the usual practice for this type of job.
  • 32.1% of the self-employed do not perceive any difficulty as self-employed. For 27.6&%, the inappropriate levels of administrative burden are the main problem.
  • Most self-employed (70.9%) do not plan to employ (extra) staff or to sub-contract in the next 12 months.

 


[1]  The figures are the result of an interview about self-employment that Statbel, the Belgian statistical office, has coupled to the first interview of the Labour Force Survey, a survey coordinated at European level, in 2017. 19,925 persons of 15 or older with a job have answered the survey. Extrapolated to the total population, this represents about 4,638,000 people. Most questions were addressed to persons whose professional status in the main job is self-employed. A number of questions were also asked to employees.

Table 1
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Dans quelle mesure êtes-vous satisfait(e) de votre emploi actuel? - EFT 2017

Satisfaction professionnelle Statut professionnel
Salariés Indépendants Aidants non rémunérés Total
Très satisfait 49,0% 55,0% 59,9% 49,9%
Plutôt satisfait 44,4% 39,5% 35,6% 43,7%
Peu satisfait 5,3% 4,3% 2,5% 5,2%
Pas du tout satisfait 1,2% 1,0% 2,1% 1,2%
Ne sait pas 0,0% 0,1% 0,0% 0,0%
Total 100,0% 100,0% 100,0% 100,0%
Table 2
Content
How the job was found Percentage
direct job application 26
relatives, friends or acquaintances 24
advertisements 17
employment agency, recruitment or selection agency 10
the employer himself contacted them 8
educational institution 7
public employment office 6
other 1
Total 100