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World's 17 biggest employers

Last updated on: November 2, 2011 09:26 IST

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While the world is going through tough economic times, there are some organisations that are adding jobs instead of cutting.

Here, we have ranked world's 17 biggest employers, including one from India.

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Indian Railways

Number of employees: 1.4 million

World ranking: 8

Indian Railways has 114,500 kilometres of total track over a route of 65,000 kilometres and 7,500 stations.

It is the world's fourth-largest railway network after those of the United States, Russia and China.

The railways traverse the length and breadth of the country and carry over 30 million passengers and 2.8 million tonnes of freight daily.

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US Department of Defense

Number of employees: 3.2 million

World ranking: 1

The department includes the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, as well as non-combat agencies such as the National Security Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency, including the Norad base in Colorado Springs.

The DoD's annual budget was roughly $786 billion in 2007.

This figure does not include tens of billions more in supplemental expenditures allotted by Congress throughout the year, particularly for the war in Iraq, or expenditures by the Department of Energy on nuclear weapons design and testing.

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Image: Annual budget was $786 billion in 2007. A view of Pentagon.

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Chinese People's Liberation Army

Number of employees: 2.3 million

World ranking: 2

The PLA is the world's largest military force and has the world's largest (active) standing army, with about 2.25 million members.

The PLA comprises five main service branches, consisting of the PLA Ground Force, PLA Navy, PLA Air Force, Second Artillery Corps (strategic nuclear or missile force), and the PLA Reserve Force.

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Walmart

Number of employees: 2.1 million

World ranking: 3

Walmart is an American public multinational corporation that runs chains of large discount department stores and warehouse stores.

It has 8,500 stores in 15 countries, under 55 different names. The company operates under its own name in the United States, including the 50 states and Puerto Rico.

It operates in Mexico as Walmex, in the United Kingdom as Asda and in Japan as Seiyu.

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McDonald's

Number of employees: 1.7 million

World ranking: 4

McDonald's Corporation is the world's largest chain of hamburger fast food restaurants, serving around 64 million customers daily in 119 countries.

Headquartered in the United States, the corporation was founded by businessman Ray Kroc in 1955 after he purchased the rights to a small hamburger chain operated by the eponymous Richard and Maurice McDonald.

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China's National Petroleum Corporation

Number of employees: 1.7 million

World ranking: 5

National Petroleum Corporation is a state-owned fuel-producing corporation and the largest integrated oil and gas company in China.

It has its headquarters in Dongcheng District, Beijing.

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State Grid Corporation of China

Number of employees: 1.6 million

World ranking: 6

State Grid Corporation of China is the largest electric power transmission and distribution company in China and in the world, headquartered in Xicheng District, Beijing.

It was ranked eighth in the 2010 Fortune Global 500 list of the world's largest companies by revenue and has moved one place up in the 2011 Fortune Global 500 list.

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UK's National Health Service

Number of employees: 1.4 million

World ranking: 7

The National Health Service or NHS is the publicly funded healthcare system in the United Kingdom.

It is both the largest and oldest single-payer healthcare system in the world.

It is able to function in the way that it does because it is primarily funded through the general taxation system, similar to how the various fire departments, police departments, and primary schools are also funded.

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China Post Group

Number of employees: 900,000

World ranking: 9

China Post is operated by the State Post Bureau of the People's Republic of China. The State Post Bureau, commonly referred to as China Post, is both a regulatory authority and government owned enterprise.

Thus it is responsible for the regulation of the national postal industry and the management of national postal enterprises.

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Hon Hai Precision Industry/Foxconn Technology Group

Number of employees: 800,000

World ranking: 10

The Foxconn Technology Group is a multinational business group anchored by the Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, a Taiwan-registered corporation headquartered in Tucheng, Taiwan.

Foxconn is the world's largest maker of electronic components including printed circuit boards.

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PetroChina

Number of employees: 592,700

World ranking: 11

PetroChina is a Chinese oil company and is the listed arm of state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation, headquartered in Dongcheng District, Beijing.

It is China's biggest oil producer, and was the world's most valuable company by market value as of September 28, 2010.

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Tesco

Number of employees: 492,700

World ranking: 12

Tesco is a global grocery and general merchandise retailer headquartered in Cheshunt, United Kingdom.

It is the third-largest retailer in the world measured by revenues (after Wal-Mart and Carrefour) and the second-largest measured by profits (after Wal-Mart).

It has stores in 14 countries across Asia, Europe and North America and is the grocery market leader in the United Kingdom (where it has a market share of around 30 per cent), Malaysia, the Republic of Ireland and Thailand.

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Carrefour

Number of employees: 471,750

World ranking: 13

It is one of the largest hypermarket chains in the world (1,395 hypermarkets at the end of 2009, the second-largest retail group in the world in terms of revenue and third-largest in profit after Wal-Mart and Tesco).

Carrefour operates mainly in Europe, Argentina, Brazil, China, Taiwan, Colombia, Dominican Republic, and in the Middle East, but also has shops in North Africa and other parts of Asia.

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Deutsche Post DHL

Number of employees: 467,000

World ranking: 14

Deutsche Post DHL is the world's largest logistics group.

With its headquarters in Bonn, Germany, the corporation has employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide and generated revenue of 51.48 billion euros in 2010.

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Agricultural Bank of China

Number of employees: 444,440

World ranking: 15

Agricultural Bank of China is one of the "Big Four" banks in China. It was founded in 1951, and has its headquarters in Beijing.

It has branches throughout mainland China, Hong Kong, London, Tokyo, New York, Frankfurt, Sydney, Seoul and Singapore.

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Compass Group

Number of employees: 428,000

World ranking: 16

Compass Group is a global contract foodservice and support services company headquartered near London, United Kingdom.

It is the largest contract foodservice company in the world and has operations in over 50 countries.

It serves around four billion meals a year in locations including offices and factories, schools, universities, hospitals, major sports and cultural venues, mining camps and offshore oil platforms.

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IBM

Number of employees: 426,750

World ranking: 17

IBM is an American multinational technology and consulting corporation headquartered in Armonk, New York, United States.

IBM manufactures and sells computer hardware and software, and it offers infrastructure, hosting and consulting services in areas ranging from mainframe computers to nanotechnology.

As of September 2011, IBM is the second-largest publicly traded technology company in the world by market capitalization.


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