List of largest employers

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

Largest employersEdit

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
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 employersEdit

The rankings below are the ten private-sector and semiprivate companies providing the most jobs worldwide, according to a list published in 2019 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 81,090 employees as of 2019.[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 1,382,401
3 China Post Group   China 935,191
4 State Grid   China 917,717
5 Hon Hai Precision Industry (Foxconn)   Taiwan 667,680
6 Volkswagen   Germany 664,496
7 Amazon   United States 647,500
8 Sinopec Group   China 619,151
9 Compass Group   United Kingdom 595,841
10 United States Postal Service   United States 565,802

See alsoEdit


  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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