Berlin - At 1.2 million, the number of self-employed freelancers in Germany has reached new high. The federal government announces that in one. According to this, 705,000 people were self-employed in 2000. "The number of self-employed in the liberal professions has now overtaken the number of self-employed businesses in the craft sector, which was 1,000,385 as of December 31, 2011," writes the government.
According to the report, the independent Cultural professions are the largest group among the self-employed freelancers with 291,000 members, followed by the independent medical professions with 136,000, doctors with 124,012 and lawyers with 114,200. The highest growth in the past ten years was recorded in so-called new liberal professions. The federal government names the business advisory professions, the technical and scientific professions and the free medical professions without doctors and dentists.
In contrast, the number of trainees is declining . While there were still more than 146,000 trainees in 2000, on December 31, 2011 it was just under 112,000, writes the federal government. In summary, the government states that society needs “the services of public interest which are provided by freelancers and which are characterized by high quality, personal responsibility and independence”.