List of largest employers

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Largest public and private employers in the World[edit]

The BBC includes non-corporate employers in its list:

World's largest public and private employers, 2012[1]
United States Department of Defense3.2 million United States
People's Liberation Army2.3 million People's Republic of China
Walmart2.1 million United States
McDonald's1.9 million (including franchises) United States
National Health Service1.7 million United Kingdom
China National Petroleum Corporation1.6 million People's Republic of China
State Grid Corporation of China1.5 million People's Republic of China
Indian Railways1.4 million India
Indian Armed Forces1.3 million India
Hon Hai Precision Industry (Foxconn)1.2 million Taiwan

The Economist includes non-corporate employers in its list:

World's largest public and private employers, 2010[2]
United States Department of Defense3.2 million
People's Liberation Army2.3 million (2008 data)
Walmart2.1 million
China National Petroleum Corporation1.7 million
State Grid Corporation of China1.65 million
National Health Service1.5 million
Indian Railways1.4 million
China Post0.9 million
Hon Hai Precision Industry (Foxconn)0.8 million

The rankings below are from the 2011 Fortune Global 500 and do not include non-corporate public employers:

This is the list of the top 10 corporate employers in the world as published on 9 July 2012. It is based on the companies' fiscal year ended on or before 31 March 2012.

World's largest private employers, 2011[3]
1Walmart United States2,200,000
2China National Petroleum Corporation China1,668,072
3State Grid Corporation of China China1,583,000
4Sinopec China1,021,979
5Hon Hai Precision Industry Taiwan961,000
6China Post Group China889,307
7U.S. Postal Service United States601,601
8Volkswagen Germany501,956
9China Telecommunications China491,447
10Aviation Industry Corp. of China China480,147

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Which is the world's biggest employer? - BBC". 2012-03-20. Retrieved 2012-03-20. 
  2. ^ "Employment: Defending jobs - The Economist". 2011-09-12. Retrieved 2011-10-02. 
  3. ^ "Top companies: Biggest employers". Retrieved July 9, 2012. 

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