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Colombia: share of self-employed workers 2012-2020

Although the rate of self-employment has been decreasing in Colombia lately, the country is still among the highest percentages in Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2019, approximately 51.2 percent of the Colombian population who was employed was considered self-employed, or having a job where the remuneration is directly dependent upon the profits derived from the goods and services produced. The share of self-employed people in Colombia is expected to decrease to 51 percent by 2020.

Self-employed workers as share of total employed population in Colombia from 2012 to 2020

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Source

Release date

November 2019

Region

Colombia

Survey time period

2012 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* Starting from the indicated year, figures are forecasts (as of November 2019).

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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