The figure is 5.29 percent up on the year. Taking into account the last three years, the rise is a staggering 20 percent, organisers told a press conference in Brussels.
About 6 in 10 of the new self-employed were men, mostly in the services sector and the free professions. But, maybe more importantly, we see that 2 in 3 new self-employed manage to survive the first five years. "The starters have become (financially) healthier", says Eric Van den Broele of Graydon, the office that compiled the report together with the organisations for the self-employed Unizo and UMC.