The number of autoentrepreneurs on the rise in mid-2021

Over twelve months, Urssaf counts nearly 400,000 additional autoentrepreneurs compared to the end of the second quarter of 2020

At the end of June 2021, one year after the first confinement, France had 2.23 million administratively active self-employed entrepreneurs, a total up 17.2% over one year, according to data published Friday January 28 by Urssaf.

Over twelve months, Urssaf has counted nearly 400,000 additional autoentrepreneurs compared to the end of the second quarter of 2020, marked by heavy health restrictions linked to the outbreak of Covid-19 on national territory. In detail, 719,300 registrations and 326,400 deregistrations were recorded between the end of June 2020 and June 30, 2021, the annual progression of the first having been faster than that of the seconds (+30.1% for registrations against only +16, 6% for radiation).

The increase in the number of autoentrepreneurs has taken place in many sectors of activity, but Urssaf still comes under “particularly dynamic registrations in postal and courier activities (118,300 registrations over twelve months, editor’s note) and in non-specialized retail (33,800), taking into account the development of home delivery and distance selling.

On the other hand, the income of microentrepreneurs (the name of autoentrepreneurs since 2016) is still suffering from the effects of Covid. “In the second quarter of 2021, 1,145,000 autoentrepreneurs declared a positive turnover (CA)”, notes Urssaf, i.e. 51.3% of the total workforce compared to 59.1% at the end of the second quarter of 2019. In June 2020, less than one in two microenterprises (47.7%) had generated a turnover positive.

On a more positive note, “the overall turnover (self-employed) returns to the strong dynamism recorded in 2018 and 2019 (…) and thus exceeded 5 billion euros for the first time in the second quarter of 2021”. It stood at 5.228 billion euros, up 58.4% compared to the 3.301 billion euros in turnover recorded in June 2020.

Urssaf data confirms previous figures attesting to the growing role of autoentrepreneurs in the increase in the French population of self-employed workers. In mid-December, Urssaf had thus established that in 2020, for the first time, the number of autoentrepreneurs had exceeded that of self-employed workers. “classics”. That year, they accounted for nearly 85% of self-employed registrations.


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