Number of Independent Workers in Costa Rica Doubles

The number of people individually insured in the country's social security agency (CCSS) has doubled in the last five years.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

According to CCSS records, at the beginning of 2005 those insured as independent workers totaled 136,000 while in July the number had reached 289,000.

"This kind of employee now makes up one in five of all formal workers in Costa Rica, representing 20% out of a total of 1.4 million. Five years ago they represented 13% of all formal workers," reports

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Doing Business in Costa Rica Is Difficult

September 2017

Eight out of ten entrepreneurs claim that an excess of formalities and the high costs of formalization are the main difficulties they face when starting a business in the country.

From a statement issued by theUccaep:

28 September 2017.  Setting up a business in Costa Rica and operating formally and under the protection of the law, is becoming more difficult for entrepreneurs. This was revealed by the Third Quarterly Business Survey "Pulso Empresarial", carried out by the Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations of the Private Business Sector (UCCAEP).

Sustained Increase in Number of Self Employed

August 2013

Although in recent months the increase sharpened, in Costa Rica the number of self employed people has been growing since 2008.

In Costa Rica last June the number of independent workers stood at 367,187, while in June 2012 it was 344 830, this is an increase of 22,357.

The Majority are Self-Employed in Guatemala

July 2012

64% of the economically active population are self-employed, while 36% are employees.

According to data published by, of all employees, 64% work for the private sector, 25% for the state and the remainder as domestic servants or laborers.

Meanwhile, of those who are self-employed, the majority work in commerce (58%), followed by agriculture (14%), industry (6%) and services (2%).

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