Self-employed keep number of new companies high

White keyboard with close up on work buttonDespite a drop in job opportunities over the past year, the number of new companies continued to grow thanks to the self-employed, the central statistics agency CBS says.

Between 2007 and 2014, the number of one-person companies – or zzpers – grew by an average of 70%.

The number of self employed working in the services sector in the central Randstad area doubled over the seven-year period, the CBS says.

The building trade saw an average rise of 70% over the period, with the biggest rise of 84% in Zuid-Holland province, the CBS says.

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