Who are the world’s largest employers?
Wall St.com has compiled a table of the world’s largest employers using data from S&P Capital IQ. Employee count and company revenue were taken into account in measuring these leading companies. Here are the world’s largest employers:
1. Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Number of employees: 2,200,000
Motto: “Save money. Live better”.
Founded in 1962 by Sam Walton and based in the US, Wal-Mart is officially the biggest employer in the world. Last year it recorded a staggering revenue of $476.3 billion. Over half of this figure accounts for employees in the US. Other significant markets are Mexico and the UK (through the ASDA chain).
2. G4S plc
Number of employees: 618,000
Motto: “Securing your world”.
G4S is based in the UK. Its revenue last year was an impressive $12.3 billion. The company offers a range of services such as risk management solutions, manned security services and secure methods for the transportation of cash (source: G4S).
3. Randstad Holding NV
Total employees: 595,730
Sector: Human resources
Randstad Holding nv is a Dutch human resources company that’s based in Diemen, the Netherlands. It is the world’s second largest provider of human resources services (the largest is Adecco; source Wikipedia). Randstad’s revenue last year was $22.8 billion.
4. Volkswagen AG
Total employees: 555.097
Headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany, Volkswagen is one of the world’s most important car manufacturers. It is second only to Toyota in terms of the number of cars produced (source: Wikipedia). Last year its revenue was $271.3 billion.
5. PetroChina Co. Ltd
Number of employees: 544,083
Sector: Oil and gas
PetroChina is the principal producer of oil and gas in China. Petro China’s revenue last year was $68.2 billion.
6. Compass Group plc
Number of employees: 506,699
Sector: Food services and support services
Motto: “ great people, great service, great results”
A UK company, Compass Group’s core business is contract catering and facilities management. Last year the company took an impressive $28.4 billion in revenue.
7. Agricultural Bank of China
Number of employees: 478,980
Despite the fact that the Agricultural Bank of China is publicly traded, the bank is State-owned. The bank’s revenue last year was $68.2 billion. In 2011 the bank was ranked fifth in a list of “Top 1000 World Banks” based on profit before tax, and in 2012 the bank’s issuer credit rating was A/A-1 based using Standard & Poor’s classification. (source: ABChina)
Number of employees: 464,184
Sector: Diversified services
Based in Denmark, ISS is the world’s largest facilities services provider. It also provides cleaning services, property services and catering services. Last year its revenue was $14.5 billion.
9. Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd
Number of employees: 441,902
This is the largest commercial bank in China and boasts nearly 20 trillion yuan in total assets. Last year the company won 51 overseas awards, including ‘Best bank in China’ and the ‘Hong Kong Corporate Governance Excellence Awards’ (source: ICBC). Its revenue in 2013 amounted to $91.1 billion.
10. McDonald’s Corp
Number of corporate employees: 440,000
Motto/Brand promise: “Quality, Service Cleanliness and Value”
Still going strong, US company McDonald’s revenue last year was $28.1 billion. The employee figure quoted doesn’t include the number of people that are employed at its franchises.
The world is your oyster, particularly if you are in a position that allows you to simply pack a bag, degree in hand, and relocate anywhere in the world to find work. This list provides you with a good place to start by identifying those markets and companies that offer the greatest opportunities for employment.