In order for most of us to live, we need a job. There are so many different industries, companies and
roles out there that it is very rare that you’ll meet two people with the same exact job. However,
there are some organisations that are so large that they employ most of our population. Here’s a list
of the eight largest workforces across the globe:
8. United Kingdom National Health Service
Britain’s National Health Service (better known as the NHS), is the oldest and largest healthcare
service on the planet. It currently employs around 1.3 million people, despite being in a country with
only 65 million in it. That number is also excluding the temporary and free-lance staff that work for
them, bringing the number closer to around 1.6 million.
7. Indian Railways
Indian trains are probably some of the most famous in the world. Their prompt schedules and
overcrowded carriages are known far and wide. Owned by the state government, they currently
have around 1.4 million employees. Operating throughout the large country of India, they have the
responsibility of transporting over 8 billion people every year.
6. Indian Armed Forces
This includes the army, navy and air force of the country. They currently have the same amount of
staff on their books as Indian Railways – at 1.4 million. However, the armed forces also have around
1.2 million people waiting in reserve that they can call upon. India spends a lot of money on its
defences, with it being the largest importer of defence equipment back in 2014.
The famous fast-food restaurant is the world’s fifth biggest employer and the world’s second-largest
private employer. If you include all the many franchises that the company has around the world,
they currently employ around 1.5 million people. The workforce is spread out as well, with the
business operating in over 100 countries.
4. China Natural Petroleum Corporation
The China Natural Petroleum Corporation has a lockdown on the industry in the country. Due to the
large nature of the country, it is only natural that their state-owned energy companies employ so
many people. The figure currently sits at around 1.5 million, with refineries across the world
(including Azerbaijan and Canada).
Walmart is the largest private employer in the world. The retail chain employs 2.3 million people.
Most of these are in the United States but there are some in different countries across the globe.
Not only do they employ one of the largest workforces on earth, they are also the most profitable.
Posting annual turnovers at $480 billion.
2. People’s Liberation Army
China’s armed forces (Ground Force, Navy, Air Force, Rocket Force and Strategic Support Force)
make up the second largest employer in the world. Officially they employ 2.35 million active members, and
have around this number waiting in reserve to be called up. The organisation has become even more
modernised in recent years and is constantly growing.
1. United States Department of Defence
The organisation that employs the most people in the world is the United States Department of
Defence. Currently, there are 2.87 million men and women employed by the government-owned
organisation. This isn’t surprising either, with over $543 billion spent by the country on defence in