Structural Business Statistics

In 2017, the year under review, the 2 966 466 persons employed by the 338.948 enterprises of the manufacturing and services sector (excluding “Public administration, compulsory social security“, “Education”, “Human health and social work activities”, “Arts entertainment and recreation” and “Other service activities”) achieved a turnover of €759.4 bn, resulting in a production value of €501.2 bn and a gross value added at factor costs of €209.3 bn. Personnel expenditure for the 2 648 004 employees amounted to €126,1 bn, and the investment volume totalled €38,8 bn.

Structural Business Statistics provides important indicators concerning the structure, activities, employment, investment activities and performance of enterprises at national and regional levels in the breakdown by economic activities in accordance with ÖNACE 2008. Important underlying data is also provided for calculating the gross domestic product in the context of the System of National and Regional Accounts, input-output tables and economic forecasts.

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The comparison with the results of the previous year shows that the enterprises of the manufacturing and service sector achieved a growth of persons employed (+2.4%) and turnover (+5.7%) in 2017. Measured in terms of turnover the highest growth rates were generated in  “Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply” (+19.1%), “Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities” (+8.2%), “Mining and quarrying” (+7.9%), “Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles” (+6.2%) and in “Manufacturing” as well as in “Real estate activities” (each +5.6%). The only slight decrease of turnover was observed for “Financial and insurance activities” (-0.8%).

The comparison of industries and construction with trade and services (see chart “Industry, construction and trade, services 2017 in comparison”) revealed that while just over four fifths (80.3%) of enterprises operated in the services branches, the share of persons employed was 66.4%. In terms of the gross value added at factor costs, industries and construction accounted for 39.6% and the services sector for 60.4%, while more than two-thirds (70.0%) of total investment and 62.1% of turnover was made in the services sector.

Results by aggregated economic activities show, that more than half of enterprises (56.9%) operated in services (without trade). They accounted for 43.5% of persons employed and 42.7% of value added at factor costs. Indeed the lowest shares of enterprises were measured for industry and construction (9.0% and 10.7 %) – but measured in terms of production value, industry with a share of 45.2% accounted for a quite higher share than construction with only 9.7%. About a quarter of enterprises (23.4%) were active in trade. With 22.5% of persons employed they achieved the highest share of turnover (33.6%), followed by industry (31.5%) and services with 28.5%.

The results according to the size classes of persons employed reflect the structure of the Austrian economy, which is predominantly characterised by small businesses. For the reporting year 2017, it emerged that 295 267 enterprises (87.1%) operated with less than ten employed persons. However the enterprises in this size class achieved only 17.0 % of total turnover and 18.8% of gross value added at factor costs. By contrast, 1 198 enterprises (0.4%) had 250 and more employed persons. Enterprises of this size, however, employed about a third (32.6%) of all employed persons, representing a share of 36.6% of turnover, 38.6% of the gross value added at factor costs, and 37.1% of investment. Value added at factor costs by size classes of persons employed (see chart “Value added at factor costs 2017 by economic activities and size classes of persons employed”) shows, that services accounted for the highest share of value added (60.4%) in enterprises with less than 10 persons employed. Whereas industry had a rather high share of value added (48.2%) in enterprises with 250 and more persons employed.

Results by turnover size classes show a similar tendency as results by size classes of persons employed. 287 594 (84.8%) enterprises with a turnover of less than €1 m achieved a turnover of only 7.3% and a value added at factor costs of 12.0%. By contrast, 1.992 enterprises (0.6%) with a turnover of €50 m or more achieved 60.7% of the turnover and 47.6% of value added.

Establishment results for Austria as a whole and for each federal province are also available alongside the results at enterprise level. The 339 752 business establishments of the manufacturing and service enterprises achieved operating earnings of €762.9 bn for Austria as a whole. As part of the Structural Business Statistics 2017, the survey also recorded persons employed, gross wages and salaries and gross investment in tangible goods at the level of local units, registering 433 460 local units.

Remark:

Regulation (EC) No. 295/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2008 concerning structural business statistics (recast) is the legal basis for compiling structural business statistics on European level by the classification of economic activities (NACE Rev. 2) from the reference year 2008 onwards.

The Regulation concerning structural business statistics is the basis for the collection of structural business statistics data on all market activities, as covered by Sections B to N and division 95 of ÖNACE 2008 beginning with the reference year 2008 according to national SBS regulation.

Preliminary Results: Structural Business Statistics 2018
Results (overview): Structural Business Statistics 2017
Structural Business Statistics 2017 - Main Results
Structural Business Statistics 2016 - Main Results

Structural Business Statistics 2017 -  Industry, construction and trade, services in comparsion
Structural Business Statistics 2017 - Value added at factor costs by economic activities and  size classes of persons employed

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