Largest European companies based on number of employees 2018

The German car manufacturer Volkswagen employed over 644 thousand people worldwide in 2018, the most of any European company. The next largest European company in terms of people employed was the British foodservice company, Compass Group which employed over 595 thousand people, followed by Deutsche Post, which had 499 thousand employees.

Oil giants lead in terms of revenue

Although Volkswagen had the highest number of employees worldwide, it was only the third-largest European company in terms of revenue. The two largest European Companies by revenue were Royal Dutch Shell, and British Petroleum, which had a revenue of 396.5 billion US dollars and 303.74 billion US dollars respectively.

Walmart tops worldwide rankings

Although it was the largest European employer, Volkswagen’s 644 thousand-strong workforce is dwarfed by the 2.2 million people that are employed by the American retail giant, Walmart. As well as having the largest number of employees worldwide, Walmart also boasted the largest revenue of any company, amounting to over 514 billion US dollars in 2018.

Largest European companies based on number of employees worldwide in 2018

Number of employees worldwide
Volkswagen (Germany)644.5
Compass Group (United Kingdom)595.84
Deutsche Post DHL (Germany)499.02
Gazprom (Russia)466.1
Accenture (Ireland)459
Bosch Group (Germany)409.88
Siemans (Germany)379
Edeka Zentrale (Germany)376
Carrefour (France)363.86
Auchan Holding (France)340.56
Tesco (United Kingdom)321.49
Deutsche Bahn (Germany)318.53
Nestle (Switzerland)308
Rosneft Oil (Russia)308
Daimler (Germany)298.68
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