The earned incomes of independent workers in trade, industry, construction and services in 2007
The population of independent workers in trade, industry, construction and services rose by approximately 2% per year between 2002 and 2007, reaching 1.5 million in 2007. Their average earned income was 28,400 euros per year, but for 13% of them it was zero or negative. From 2005 to 2007, the average income grew in constant euros by 1.9% per year. For independent workers, growth in incomes was more dynamic throughout this period (+3.3% per year in constant euros), especially in construction (+4.2%) and services (+3.8%). The change was however slightly negative for pharmacists (-1.8%).