Statistics on high growth enterprises (since 2015)

The statistics on high growth enterprises refer to employer enterprises, which have an average annual increase of the number of their employees of at least 10% over a three-year-period. In order not to distort the shares of fast growing enterprises compared to the overall number of employer enterprises, all enterprises not having at least 10 employees at the beginning of the observation period (t-3) are excluded from the calculation, as a small increase in absolute numbers would result in a high percentage increase. Moreover enterprises that were newly born in the starting year (t-3), are not included in the reference year (t).

The outcome of the statistics is as well used as a basis for the “high growth innovative enterprises” indicator within the Agenda „Europe 2020“. The European Council requested in February 2011 that the Commission should start establishing a new indicator for growth and employment in the framework of Strategy 2020, in order to track changes in the progress of innovation processes. Since reference year 2013, the data collection on high growth enterprises is mandatory on European Level. With this year’s data collection, reference year 2018 is added to the data series.    

Overview of the results

Results are available for the following periods: 2005 to 2008, 2006 to 2009, 2007 to 2010, 2008 to 2011, 2009 to 2012, 2010 to 2013, 2011 to 2014 and 2012 to 2015, 2013 to 2016, 2014 to 2017 and 2015 to 2018.

Number of high growth enterprises and shares of high growth enterprises:
   2008200920102011201220132014201520162017 (prel.)2018 (prel.)
Number of high growth enterprises (10% growth; 10 employees at the beginning of the growth period)3 7162 6942 4542 7753 0852 9292 9862 8483 1733 5303.769
Number of employer enterprises with at least 10 employees41 02841 70842 60543 54344 43942 83243 15543 26443 68944 35245 389
Share of high growth enterprises on employer enterprises in percent9.16.55.86.46.96.86.96.67.38.08.3

In 2018 the number for employer enterprises with at least 10 employees (45 389) is 4 361 higher than in 2008 (41 028). The number of high growth enterprises amounts to 3 769 which is similar to the number in 2008 (3 716).

The “production sector” (ÖNACE 2008 sections B-F) shows with 7.6% a lower rate than the “services sector” (ÖNACE 2008 section G-S) with 8.6%.

At the level of ÖNACE 2008 section there are 2018 high shares of high growth enterprises in the following branches: “Information and communication” (16.4%), „Administrative and support service activities“ (14.4%), “Professional, scientific and technical activities“ (11.5%) and „Education“ (11.4%). The smallest shares of high growth enterprises can be found in the sections “Financial and insurance activities” (2.9%) and „Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply” (4.1%).

The highest shares of high growth enterprises in 2018 accounting to the legal forms have the limited liability companies with 9.7%. The shares of non-incorporated firms (partnerships and other legal forms) and of sole proprietorships amount to 5.5% and 5.4%.

Amongst the provinces the highest shares of high growth enterprises 2018 are in Vienna (9.6%) as well as in Upper Austria, Styria and Salzburg (8.3% each). The smallest share has Vorarlberg with 6.7%.

High growth enterprises with high counts on employees are found in the sections “Administrative and support service” (41 830), “Manufacturing” (40 551) and „Wholesale and retail trade” (30 844). These three sections employ around half of the employees (51.6%) of all high growth enterprises. Most of these employees work in the provinces Vienna (64 040), Upper Austria (40 240), Lower Austria (32 595) and Styria (29 667).

The average size of high growth enterprises – measured in the number of employees per high growth enterprise – amounts to 58.

Note:

Since 2015 a revised method to produce statistics on high growth enterprises is used. The data were recalculated with the new method back to reporting year 2008. The data are preliminary for the last two reporting years (here: 2017 and 2018).

The total values in the tables do not include until 2012 group 64.2 of ÖNACE 2008.

Further information on the methodology of the data collection.

High growth enterprises 2008-2018 by economic activity (sections of ÖNACE 2008)
High growth enterprises 2008-2018 by legal forms (grouped)
High growth enterprises 2008-2018 by provinces
High growth enterprises 2018 by economic activity (sections and divisions of ÖNACE 2008)
High growth enterprises 2018 by legal forms (grouped) and economic activity (sections of ÖNACE 2008)
High growth enterprises 2018 by provinces and economic activity (sections of ÖNACE 2008)
High growth enterprises 2018 by provinces and NUTS3


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