Biggest employer: At a time when the Indian government is recruiting personnel under the much talked about Agnipath scheme, the Defence Ministry has come to be known as the world’s biggest employer. According to a Statista report, nearly 2.92 million employees are currently employed in various positions in the ministry. This includes combined active, service personnel, civilian staff and reservists.
On the second spot is the US Department of Defense with 2.91 million employees followed by China’s People’s Liberation Army with 2.5 million military personnel , says a Statista infographic.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman declaring the country’s defence budget to Rs. 5.25 lakh should come as no surprise then.
“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,” the report said. Statista is a Germany-based company that offers information and statistics on a range of global concerns.
Statista says China’s PLA employs 2.5 million military personnel. But this does not include civilian positions. he report says, “The Central Military Commission, China’s equivalent of the U.S. Department of Defense, may employ as many as 6.8 million people, though that number was not deemed sufficiently reliable to be included in this list.”
According to the report, Walmart is the biggest private company to employ the highest number of people in the world. “No company in the world has more employees than Walmart. The latest information from the US retail giant put the figure at a massive 2.3 million,” it said and added, “Not even the behemoth that is Amazon comes close, despite being in second place.”
Earlier in 2021 total global military spending was said to be $2113 billion.
According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), US, China, India, the UK, and Russia were the five biggest spenders and amounted for 62% of total global expenditure on defence.