Whenever we see “business” depicted on the news, we see images of office buildings, factories, coal mines… And yet of the 3 million active registered businesses in Australia, fully 72 percent don’t have any employees.
The median business is actually a single man or woman — likely to be a sole trader because sole traders are the most common form of businesses (39%), followed by proprietary limited companies (26%).
These non-employing businesses are likely to be in Property and Business Services (549,650 or 25%), Finance and Insurance (366,677 or 17%) and Construction with (348,814 or 16%) — at least in June 2004, says the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
And of the businesses with employees, the vast majority (754,504 or 90%) have only 0 to 19 workers. There were 77,656 (9%) businesses with 20 to 199 employees and 4,918 (1%) businesses with 200 employees or more.