List of largest United Kingdom employers
This is a list of largest United Kingdom employers. There are four main kinds of employer,
- public sector bodies
- public listed companies (plc) such as those on the FTSE 100
- private companies (ltd), partnerships (often LLP) or other traders
- charitable sector organisations
Public sector employers
Partial statistics for public bodies are available from the Office for National Statistics. As of September 2018, public sector employees represent 16.5% of all people in paid work, with the remaining 83.5% employed in the private sector.
|Department of Work and Pensions||2001||Welfare||111,000|
|HM Revenue & Customs||2005||Taxation||76,890|
|Ministry of Justice||2007||Law||68,670|
|Ministry of Defence||1940||Military||65,000|
|Metropolitan Police Service||1829||Police||50,000 (approx.)|
|Royal Air Force||1918||Military||37,200|
|Home Office||1782||Security, immigration, etc.||25,850|
|Scottish Government||1999||Devolved government||17,000|
|Department for Transport||2002||Transport||17,640|
|Welsh Government||1999||Devolved government||5,682|
|Parliament of the United Kingdom||1707||Political representation||1,475|
Public listed company employers
Statistics are available on an ad hoc basis from public company annual reports.
Currently Tesco and Compass Group are the largest plc employers.
Private company employers
Statistics on staff numbers were compiled in the Sunday Times' "Top Track 100" of private companies for 2012. The three largest private employers in that list were John Lewis Partnership, Swire Group and Alliance Boots.
- UK labour law
- UK company law
- FTSE 100 and FT 30
- List of UK trade unions
- List of largest employers
- List of German companies by employees in 1938
- List of German companies by employees in 1907
- List of private equity firms
- List of corporate scandals
- ONS, Public sector personnel
- Public sector employment, UK: September 2018 Office for National Statistics
- British Army (Regular and Army Reserve)
- Includes "temporary and casual" employees.
- Regular and RAuxAF
- Regular and Maritime Reserve
- nb, calculations differ depending on the company's subjective perception of who counts as an "employee". See UK labour law.
- See Fast Track 100 Archived 2013-05-11 at the Wayback Machine' (24 June 2012) Sunday Times