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The rising share of employees in small and medium enterprises

Small and medium-sized enterprises play a crucial role in creating decent jobs around the globe. Between 2003 and 2016, SME’s share of employees in the formal private sector has increased from 31 to almost 35 per cent.

Full-time employees in small and medium enterprises

132 countries

Number of employees (millions)

Share of employees

(%)

Years

Full-time employees in small and medium enterprises

132 countries

Number of employees

(millions)

Share of

employees

(%)

Years

Full-time employees in small and medium enterprises

132 countries

Number of employees (millions)

Share of employees

(%)

Years

Full-time employees in small and medium enterprises | 132 countries

Share of employees

(%)

Number of employees (millions)

120

33

80

31

40

29

0

27

‘06

‘08

‘10

‘12

‘14

‘16

Years