Getting a grip on the zzp dossier. Facts and insights on self-employed workers in 2023

In 2021, knowledge platform ZiPconomy released an independent and factual report on the zzp population in the Netherlands. A lot has changed in the past two years, so it was time for an update. In this renewed edition, we once again map the diversity of the target group to take the zzp dossier to the next level.

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Self-employed workers more likely to work for multiple clients

Highly educated self-employed workers increasingly have more than three clients per year. In addition, the number of zzp'ers providing their own labor to organizations is declining slightly and only 2.7 percent of zzp'ers are working as entrepreneurs because the organization suggested this form of contract. Marion van Happen, CEO HeadFirst Group: "The self-employed are entrepreneurial and forced self-employment appears to be minimal. These are important insights for politicians in The Hague." Read the entire press release here.

Getting a grip on the diversity of the self-employed

There are 1.2 million self-employed people without personnel (zzp'ers) in the Netherlands. So one in eight people in paid work is a zzp'er. It is a diverse group in many ways. The report provides insight into the diverse composition of the self-employed based on demographics and business practices over the past 10 years. With an emphasis on self-employed own labor. Their numbers increased by nearly 50 percent. By 2023, for the first time, there were more than 1 million such self-employed workers (1,028,000).

Percentage of self-employed workers own labor relative to self-employed products

Greater understanding of self-employment

Of the self-employed own labor group, 65% work mainly for organizations, the rest work mainly for individuals. Within the b2b group, there are two types of entrepreneurs, freelancers and interim professionals. The starting motives are slightly different. Intelligence Group asked freelancers what the main reasons are for taking on an assignment.

Drives to say yes to assignment (self-employment)


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