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Theme Population and Development
Code PD-LF-1.4
MDG code MDG-1.7
Sub-theme Labour Force
Name Proportion of own-account and contributing family workers in total employment (MDG.1.7)
Definition POACFW (%): is defined as the percentage of total employed people who are own-account workers or contributing family workers. Own-account workers are those workers who, working on their own account or with one or more partners, hold a 'self-employment job' and have not engaged on a continuous basis any employees to work for them during the reference period. The partners may or may not be members of the same family or households. (Note: this refers to jobs where the remuneration is directly dependent upon the profits, or potential for profits, derived from the goods and services produced). Contributing family workers, are those workers who hold a "self-employment job' in a market-oriented establishment operated by a related person living in the same household, who cannot be regarded as partners, because of their degree of commitment to the operation of the establishment, in terms of working time or other key factors, is not at a comparable level to that of the head of the establishment (ILO, 2012).
Calculation/Formula Number of own-account workers plus contributing family workers / total employed population x 100
Unit of Measure %
Range (eg Age) 15+ (except for some countries cf.below)
Purpose/Rationale This indicator provides information regarding the proportion of workers whose status in employment may place them at a higher degree of economic risk (and vulnerability) than other employed persons.
Policy Linkages National Development Plans, National Sustainable Development Frameworks, MDGs
Preferred Data Sources Labor Force survey
Alternative_Data Sources Other household surveys (DHS, HIES), preferably with inclusion of specific labor force module; population censuses.
Census - HIES - DHS tag Census / HIES
Primary Data Collection System Survey - National Statistics Office
Frequency of Data Collection 5-10 years
SPC Responsibility - Data Management SDP
Country Specific Issues Age range is not 15+ for some countries : Palau : 16+/ PNG: 10+
SPC Programme SDP
Numerator Number of own-account workers plus contributing family workers
Component 1 Number of own-account workers (self-employed)
Component 2 Number of contributing family workers
Denominator Total employed population
Factor x 100
Unit %
Other Metadata Link http://mdgs.un.org/unsd/mdg/Metadata.aspx