Indian Army, railways in top 10 world's biggest employers: Study

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 28, 2015 13:25 IST

Two Indian organisations -- army and railways -- are among the world's biggest employers, together employing a whopping 2.7 million people, said a report.

Though it is claimed that Indian Railways is the largest employer in the world, but the study reports otherwise. The organisation is ranked at the eighth place with 1.4 million staff.

Similarly, just after the railways, the Indian Armed Forces employs 1.3 million people, the study states.

According to a research published by the World Economic Forum, the US Department of Defense is the world's biggest employer, claiming over 3.2 million employees on its roster.

Second to that is the People's Liberation Army (the Chinese military) with 2.3 million, and in third is the US supermarket giant Walmart with 2.1 million workers, the report said, adding that "...175,000 of Walmart's staff work for UK supermarket chain, Asda".

McDonald's is the 4th biggest employer with 1.9 million employees, however, as the majority of its restaurants are franchises, this figure falls to 4,20,000 when they are excluded, the report said.

UK's National Health Service was ranked at the 5th place, with 1.7 million employees, followed by state-run China National Petroleum Corporation with 1.6 million.

Another Chinese company, the State Grid Corporation of China was ranked 7th with 1.5 million.

Hon Hai Precision Factory (better known as the electronics manufacturer Foxconn) comes in at 10th place with 1.2 million people.

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