List of largest employers

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The largest employers in the world include companies, militaries, and governments.

Largest employers[edit]

Public companies and institutions are included in this list. The information and comparison is according to Forbes (2015)[1] and The Economist (2011):[2]

Employer 2015[1] 2010[2] Headquarters
U.S. Department of Defense 3.2 million 3.2 million  United States
People's Liberation Army 2.3 million 2.3 million  China
Walmart 2.1 million 2.1 million  United States
McDonald's[note 1] 1.9 million 1.7 million  United States
National Health Service 1.7 million 1.4 million  United Kingdom
China National Petroleum Corporation 1.6 million 1.7 million  China
State Grid Corporation of China 1.5 million 1.6 million  China
Indian Railways 1.4 million 1.4 million  India
Indian Armed Forces 1.3 million n.a.  India
Hon Hai Precision Industry (Foxconn) 1.2 million 0.8 million  Taiwan
China Post Group n.a. 0.8 million  China

Largest private and semiprivate employers[edit]

The rankings below are the ten private-sector and semiprivate companies providing the most jobs worldwide, according to a list published in 2020 by Fortune magazine.[3] The Tata Group of companies, which collectively employ over 720,000 people,[4] is not listed by Fortune as a single enterprise; the companies are listed individually. Of the group, Tata Motors employs the most people, with 77,990 employees as of 2020.[3]

Private and semipublic companies with the most employees in the world
Rank Employer Country Employees
1 Walmart  United States 2,200,000
2 China National Petroleum  China 1,344,410
3 China Post Group  China 927,171
4 State Grid  China 907,677
5 Amazon  United States 798,000
6 Hon Hai Precision Industry (Foxconn)  Taiwan 757,404
7 Volkswagen  Germany 671,205
8 Compass Group  United Kingdom 596,542
9 Sinopec Group  China 582,648
10 United States Postal Service  United States 565,021

See also[edit]


  1. ^ including franchise employees


  1. ^ a b "The World's Biggest Employers". Forbes. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Employment: Defending jobs". The Economist. 2011-09-12. Retrieved 2011-10-02.
  3. ^ a b "Global 500". Fortune.
  4. ^ "Tata Group Business Overview". Tata Group.

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