This is an archived release.
Small growth in entrepreneurial income
Entrepreneurial income for the self-employed amounted to NOK 249 000 on average in 2015. This is an increase of NOK 5 000, or 2 per cent.
|Total||Industry||Wages and public pensions|
|Number of self-employed (persons)||331 868||132 754||199 114|
|Gross income (NOK)||646 500||690 600||617 100|
|Entreprenurial income (NOK)||248 500||538 000||55 500|
|Wages and public pensions||313 700||61 900||481 500|
|Capital income (NOK)||73 200||71 600||74 200|
|Assessed taxes (NOK)||189 900||228 000||164 500|
A total of 332 000 persons reported entrepreneurial income in 2015. This is an increase of 1 000 from 2014.
Income from self-employment forms main income for about 4 in 10
A total of 133 000 of the self-employed have their main income from self-employment. This is an increase of 5 per cent from 2014. In this period, the average entrepreneurial income has shrunk by 2 per cent to NOK 538 000 for this group of self-employed. Just under 200 000 of the self-employed had their main income from wages and public pensions. This is 5 000 less than in 2014. This last group had an average entrepreneurial income of NOK 56 000.
Among those that were assessed as self-employed or those assessed with entrepreneurial income, many did not have an obligation to submit an income statement due to low annual turnover or because they are assessed as a general partnership. The latter will not be included in the statistics showing the income and costs of self-employed in sole proprietorships.
Unaltered result for sole proprietorships with main income from self-employment
A total of 235 000 sole proprietorships submitted an electronic income statement in 2015 with an average operating result of NOK 245 700.
Sole proprietorships with main income from self-employment comprise of almost 104 000 firms. Average operating profit amounted to NOK 495 000, which is about the same as the year before. Operating income amounted to NOK 1 290 000 on average, while operating cost amounted to NOK 795 000. Among the operating incomes there is a decrease in sales revenues of just below 3 per cent. When it comes to operating costs, there is a decrease in both commodity and wage costs of over 5 per cent. These comparisons with 2014 need to be interpreted in relation to changes in the data material described in the box below. The income statement for sole proprietorships having their main income from self-employment is divided by industry, and the results for some of them show:
- Primary industries. Sole proprietorships within the industry had an operating profit of NOK 421 000 on average. This is an increase of 1 per cent from 2014. Average operating income and cost amounted to NOK 1 707 000 and NOK 1 286 000 respectively.
- Transportation and storage. Sole proprietorships within the industry had an operating profit of NOK 539 000 on average. This is an increase of 0.2 per cent from 2014. Average operating income and cost amounted to NOK 1 602 000 and NOK 1 063 000 respectively.
- Construction industry. Sole proprietorships within the industry had an operating profit of NOK 469 000 on average. This is an increase of 4 per cent from 2014. Average operating income and cost amounted to NOK 1 197 000 and NOK 728 000 respectively.
- Commodity trade and auto repair shops. Sole proprietorships within the industry had an operating profit of NOK 401 000 on average. This is a decrease of 7 per cent from 2014. Average operating income and cost amounted to NOK 2 272 000 and NOK 1 871 000 respectively.
- Other industries. See StatBank: http://www.ssb.no/en/table/10265
Income statistics for self-employed have until now been a sample survey in which electronically submitted income statements were weighted to give numbers on self-employed in sole proprietorships. Since from this year on we have access to all submitted income statements electronically, the income statement consists of a full count, with the exception of those with no obligation to dispatch an income statement due to low annual turnover. This change results in a minor disruption of the time series, and complicates direct comparisons with previous years. For example, this year there is a considerable increase in the number of submitted income statements arts, entertainment and recreation, education and information and communication.
See also About the statistics.
The data is collected electronically from the Directorate of Taxes.
The self-employed are classified by whether their main income comes from self-employment or wages and pensions.
The tables divided by industry consist of sole proprietorships having their main income from self-employment.
Mandatory electronic submission of income statement
From 2015 onwards, all self-employed must submit their tax information electronically. At the same time, the Directorate of Taxes has launched a simplified reporting solution for self-employed with simple tax relations.