Small businesses contributed $153.1 billion, or 25.3 per cent, to total industry sales in the 2018 financial year, Stats NZ said today.
“Small businesses are important contributors to the New Zealand economy, accounting for one-third of all businesses,” national accounts senior manager Gary Dunnet said.
There were over 160,000 small businesses in New Zealand in 2018. Small businesses are enterprises with 1–19 employees.
Businesses with no employees, which include the self-employed, accounted for 63.7 per cent of businesses and 13.6 per cent of sales in 2018. Two-thirds (65.5 per cent) of sales in the rental, hiring, and real estate services industry came from businesses with no employees. Commercial property operators were important contributors to this industry.
Small businesses (1–19 employees) were the largest contributors to sales in the agriculture, forestry, and fishing industry in 2018.
Small businesses in the construction industry made up over one-third (38.4 percent) of total industry sales in 2018, and their sales were up 87.6 per cent from 2011.
Medium-sized businesses (20–99 employees) accounted for 2.4 per cent of businesses and contributed 19.3 per cent ($117.1b) to sales in 2018. Almost one-third (29.3 per cent) of wholesale trade sales came from medium-sized businesses.
“In 2018 the number of large businesses, those with 100 or more employees, increased to over 2000 in number. They only accounted for 0.4 per cent of all businesses but contributed 41.8 per cent or $253b to total industry sales,” Mr Dunnet said.
Large firms dominated the manufacturing industry, contributing 67.8 per cent to total sales and employing over 115,000 people in 2018.