The World's Biggest Employers


Many people assume the world's biggest employers are Chinese or Indian, given the size of the population in both countries. However, research has revealed that the US Department of Defense is actually the world's largest employer, boasting a massive workforce 3.2 million strong.

China's military, the People's Liberation Army, is in second position with 2.3 million. Walmart and McDonald's come third and fourth while the NHS is another surprise package in fifth place. England's National Health Service has 1.7 million employees, more than Indian Railways or India's armed forces.

Infographic: The World's Biggest Employers | Statista
Related Infographics
  • Defense and arms
    America's Biggest Defense Contractors

    This chart shows U.S. Department of Defense expenditure with contractors in 2015..

  • Defense and arms
    German Armed Forces Taking Part in International Missions

    Number of Bundeswehr soldiers participating in international operations

  • Labor
    The Brands Millennials Most Want To Work For

    This chart shows index rankings of companies millennials would be proud to work for.

  • Employment
    America's Best Medium-Sized Employers

    This chart shows the top 10 U.S. employers as rated by employees on a scale from 0-10 in 2016.

  • Wages and Salary
    America's Best-Paid Jobs In 2016

    This chart shows U.S. occupations by annual median base salary in 2016.

You may also be interested in...
Infographic Newsletter

Statista offers daily infographics about trending topics covering Media and Society.

Download & Reference

You may also be interested in...
Who may use the "Chart of the Day"?
The Statista "Chart of the Day", made available under the Creative Commons License CC BY-ND 3.0, may be used and displayed without charge by all commercial and non-commercial websites. Use is, however, only permitted with proper attribution to Statista.

Which topics are covered by the "Chart of the Day"?
The Statista "Chart of the Day" currently focuses on two sectors: "Media and Technology", updated daily and featuring the latest statistics from the media, internet, telecommunications and consumer electronics industries; and "Economy and Society", which current data from the United States and around the world relating to economic and political issues as well as sports and entertainment.

Can Statista create customized charts?
Absolutely! For information on tailor-made and sector-specific Charts of the Day, please contact Robin Hüdepohl