Indian Defense ministry is the world’s biggest employer: ‘Statista’ report

Hamburg (Germany): According to a study in “Statista,” the Indian Ministry of Defence employs 2.92 million people worldwide, including active duty military, reservists, and civilian staff.

According to a Statista infographic on the companies with the greatest workforces globally in 2022, the US Department of Defense, which employs 2.91 million people, comes in second place to the Indian Defense Ministry. Private company Statista, with headquarters in Germany, offers information and statistics on a range of global concerns.

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The report said, “At the top of the ranking for the world’s largest employers is India’s Ministry of Defence. Combining active service personnel, reservists and civilian staff, the total headcount comes to 2.92 million – a touch ahead of the United States equivalent, the Department of Defense.”

According to the Hamburg-based company that specialises in market and consumer data, the People’s Liberation Army, which excludes civilian posts, employs over 2.5 million people in China.

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The report further adds, “The Chinese equivalent of the U.S. Department of Defense, the Central Military Commission may have as many as 6.8 million people in its employment, though that figure was not deemed sufficiently reliable to be included in this list.”

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As per the report, there is no company in the world which has more employees than Walmart.

Statista says, “The latest information from the US retail giant put the figure at a massive 2.3 million. Not even the behemoth that is Amazon comes close, despite being in second place with a 1.6 million-strong workforce.”

This most recent infographic from Statista shouldn’t come as a surprise given that in 2021, total worldwide military spending surpassed USD 2113 billion.

The United States, China, India, the United Kingdom, and Russia collectively accounted for 62% of expenditure in 2021, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

The US spent USD 801 billion on its military in 2021, while China, the second-largest spender in the world, spent an estimated USD 293 billion.

According to the SIPRI research, India spent USD 76.6 billion on its military, third-highest in the world.

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