Average number of Unilever employees 2007-2018, by region

Unilever is a multi-national consumer goods company that produces food, beverages, cleaning agents and personal care products. As of 2018, the company employed approximately 40,000 people throughout the Americas. The number of Unilever employees has fallen slightly in both Europe and the Americas, with a more pronounced decrease in the company’s Asia/AMET/RUB* region over the past decade. The company employed a total of approximately 155,000 people around the world as of 2018.


Unilever began in 1929 as a merger between a margarine producer and a soap maker. Today, Unilever operates in the food and refreshments, personal care, and home care markets and boasts over 400 brands. Some of the company’s most recognizable brands are Knorr, Dove, Axe, and Lipton. Unilever is one of the leading fast-moving consumer goods companies in the world. Nestlé, Procter & Gamble (P&G), and PepsiCo are other leading companies in this area. A large portion of Unilever’s revenue is generated from personal and household care product sales. Unilever had the second highest sales of any company operating in this sector in 2017.

Average number of Unilever employees from 2007 to 2018, by region

RegionAsia/AMET/RUB*The AmericasEurope**
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Release date

March 2019



Survey time period

2007 to 2018

Supplementary notes

2010 and 2011 figures have been adjusted accordingly to the change of each geographical region.
* In previous reports, this region was referred to as: "Asia, Africa and Central and Eastern Europe". Abbreviation refers to Asia, Africa, Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.
** In previous reports, this region was referred to as: "Western Europe".

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