Employer enterprise births (since 2015)

In 2019, 18 161 new employer enterprises were created with 61 995 persons employed (46 721 of them employees). The employer enterprise birth rate was 7.6%.

There was an average of 3.4 jobs which were created (for self-employed persons and employees). Most jobs per employer enterprise birth were recorded in the activities “Mining and quarrying” (5.0) and “Accommodation and food service activities” (4.7), “Administrative and support service activities” (4.2) as well as “Transportation and storage” (4.0).

The highest employer enterprise birth rates for the reference year 2019 were found for the activities “Arts, entertainment and recreation” (11.0%), “Transportation and storage” (10.4%), “Administrative and support service activities” (10.3) and “Information and communication” and “Real estate activities“ (each 10.1%). The lowest employer enterprise birth rates were recorded in the activities “Mining and quarrying” (2.5%), “Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities” (3.2%), “Manufacturing” (4.3%) and “Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply” (5.4%). In absolute counts the economic sectors “Wholesale and retail trade” (3 185), “Accommodation and food service activities” (2 836) as well as “Professional, scientific and technical activities” (2 410) had the most new employer enterprises.

The results by legal form show that 57.9% of employer enterprises were created in 2019 as a sole proprietor. 28.8% of employer enterprises were formed as a limited liability company and 13.2% as partnerships or other legal forms. Most jobs on average per enterprise were created by partnerships or other legal forms (4.1).

Regarding to the employment size classes it can be found that most of the new employer enterprises had 1 to 4 employees (86.1%). The remaining percent accounted for the size classes 5 to 9 employees (10.4%) and 10 or more employees (3.4%).

The results according to provinces show that the employer enterprise birth rates were highest in Vienna (9.6%). Provinces with birth rates below average are Lower Austria (7.4%), Carinthia (7.3%), Burgenland (7.1%), Salzburg (7.0%), Styria and Tyrol (each 6.8%) and Vorarlberg (6.6%).

In 2019, around two thirds (67.4%) of the employer enterprises (sole proprietorships only) were created by men. However, the female employer enterprise birth rate (9.0%) was higher than the male one (8.0%).

Development of employer enterprise births over time (2007 to 2019) 

The absolute employer enterprise birth counts over the time period from 2007 to 2019 were not subject of large fluctuations; the number of new employer enterprises decreased by 14.9%. The highest number of employer enterprise births was recorded in 2011 (23 196). Regarding the development by economic activity in this twelve-year observation period, the number of employer enterprise births was growing the most in the following branches: “Real estate activities” (+65.2%), “Human health and social work activities” (+15.1%) and “Administrative and support service activities” (+2.2%). In the economic sectors “Mining and quarrying” (-50.0%), “Manufacturing” (-29.7%) and “Financial and insurance activities” (-42.8%) employer enterprise births declined most.


The numbers of enterprise deaths for the last two reporting years (here: 2018 and 2019) and those for enterprise births, active enterprises and survival for the most recent reporting year (here: 2019) are provisional.

Since 2015 a revised method to produce employer business demography statistics was used. The data were recalculated with the new method back to reporting year 2007. For enterprise deaths the recalculation of the new methodology for the years 2007 to 2009 was ex post only possible in a limited way. That is why there is a break in time series for the year 2010.

Employer enterprise births 2007-2019
Employer enterprise births 2007-2019 by legal forms (grouped)
Employer enterprise births 2007-2019 by employee size classes
Employer enterprise births 2007-2019 by provinces
Employer enterprise births 2007-2019 by gender of the sole proprietor
Employer enterprise births 2007-2019 by NUTS3 region

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