An annual report which gives estimates of the size structure of all enterprises that are active in Wales, including estimates for the very smallest businesses that operate below the VAT threshold.

Key points

  • In 2018, 38.0%¬†of private sector employment in Wales was accounted for by large enterprises (those with 250 or more employees), compared with 39.9% for the UK as a whole.
  • Between 2003 and 2018, the proportion of employment in the large size-band fell by 3.6 percentage points in Wales.
  • In 2018, around 0.5% of enterprises active in Wales were non-UK owned, accounting for 13.9% of employment in 2018, up from 13.6% in 2017.
  • There was considerable variation between industry sectors, with employment in agriculture dominated by micro businesses (90.3%) and employment in production industries concentrated in the large size-band (48.7%).
  • Within Wales, the local authorities with the largest proportion of private sector employment in the large size-band were Newport and Cardiff (53.1% and 52.7%, respectively), and the smallest was Powys (18.5%).

Reports

Size analysis of active businesses, 2018
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Data

Datasets and interactive tools

Contact

Ryan Pike

Tel: 0300 025 6415

Media

Tel: 0300 025 8099