Contribution of SMEs to employment in European Union countries 2017

This statistic presents the contribution of small and medium-sized enterprises to the non-financial business sector in European Union countries in 2017, as a share of total employment. During this year Greece was the country that relied on SMEs the most for employment, followed by Cyprus, Malta and Latvia. The United Kingdom has a noticeably low share of its workforce employed by SMEs when compared with other EU member states, at just 54 percent.

Contribution of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to total employment in the non-financial business economy in European Union countries in 2017

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Source

Release date

November 2018

Region

EU

Survey time period

2018

Supplementary notes

The source adds the following information:
"These are estimates for 2017 produced by DIW Econ, based on 2008-15 figures from the Structural Business Statistics Database (Eurostat). The data cover the 'non-financial business economy', which includes industry, construction, trade, and services (NACE Rev. 2 sections B to J, L, M and N), but not enterprises in agriculture, forestry and fisheries and the largely non-market service sectors such as education and health.

The source uses the following size-class definitions for all enterprises: micro firms (0-9 persons employed), small firms (10-49 persons employed), medium-sized firms (50-249 persons employed), and large firms (250+ persons employed). The advantage of using Eurostat data is that the statistics are harmonized and comparable across countries. The disadvantage is that for some countries the data may be different from those published by national authorities."

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