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Top 10 Largest Employers in the World

Here is the list of institutions/companies around the world which gives employment to most number of workers. Most of the institutions/companies in the list are in public sector

U.S Department of Defense

Employees : 3.2 Million

The Department of Defense is America's oldest and largest government agency. With our military tracing its roots back to pre-Revolutionary times, the Department of Defense has grown and evolved with our nation.

Today, the Department, headed by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, is not only in charge of the military, but it also employs a civilian force of thousands. With over 1.3 million men and women on active duty, and 742,000 civilian personnel, we are the nation's largest employer. Another 826 thousand serve in the National Guard and Reserve forces. More than 2 million military retirees and their family members receive benefits.

People's Liberation Army, China

Employees : 2.3 Million

The Chinese People's Liberation Army is the armed forces of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the de facto armed forces of the People's Republic of China. 1 August is celebrated annually as Army Day, commemorating the Nanchang Uprising on 1 August 1927. The PLA consists of five professional service branches: the Ground Force, Navy, Air Force, Rocket Force and the Strategic Support Force.


Employees : 2.1 Million

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Employees : 1.9 Million

McDonald's is the leading global foodservice retailer with over 36,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries around the world.

National Health Service (NHS) UK

Employees : 1.7 Million

The national health service (NHS) is one of the world's largest publicly funded health services.The NHS was launched in 1948.
It was born out of a long-held ideal that good healthcare should be available to all, regardless of wealth – one of the NHS's core principles.

China National Petroleum Corporation

Employees : 1.6 Million
CNPC is China's largest oil and gas producer and supplier, as well as one of the world's major oilfield service providers and a globally reputed contractor in engineering construction. With a presence in almost 70 countries, we are seeking an even greater international role. We provide energy in a profitable manner, and always attach great importance to our social and environmental responsibilities.

State Grid Corporation of China

Employees : 1.5 Million

SGCC was founded on Dec. 29th, 2002 as a pilot state-owned corporation by the State Council. As a backbone state-owned enterprise that may affect national energy safety and economic lifelines, SGCC's core business is to build and operate power grids and provides secure and reliable power supply for the development of the society. With a registered capital of RMB 200 billion yuan and service area covering 26 provinces,autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the jurisdiction of the Central Government which equals to 88% of the national territory. SGCC carries out the president responsibility system. The president is the legal corporate representative of SGCC.

Indian Railways

Employees : 1.6 Million

Indian Railways is an Indian state-owned enterprise, owned and operated by the Government of India through the Ministry of Railways. It is one of the world's largest railway networks comprising 115,000 km (71,000 mi) of track over a route of 67,312 km (41,826 mi) and 7,112 stations.

Indian Armed Forces

Employees : 1.3 Million

The Indian Armed Forces (IAST: Bhāratīya Saśastra Sēnāēṃ) are the military forces of the Republic of India. It consists of three professional uniformed services: the Indian Army, Indian Navy, and Indian Air Force. Additionally, the Indian Armed Forces are supported by three paramilitary organisations (Assam Rifles, Indian Coast Guard and Special Frontier Force) and various inter-service commands and institutions such as the Strategic Forces Command, the Andaman and Nicobar Command and the Integrated Defence Staff.

Hon Hai/Foxconn Technology Group

Employees : 1.2 Million

Guided by a belief that the electronics products would be an integral part of everyday life in every office and in every home, Terry Gou founded Hon Hai Precision Industry Company Ltd, the anchor company of Hon Hai / Foxconn Technology Group in 1974 with US$7,500, a devotion in integrating expertise for mechanical and electrical parts and an uncommon concept to provide the lowest "total cost" solution to increase the affordability of electronics products for all mankind

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