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Retail Trade

Retail Trade employs approximately 1,311,000 persons (ABS trend data), full time and part time, which is around 10.5 per cent of the total workforce. Over the past five years, employment in the industry has increased by 8.0 per cent. The median age for workers in this industry is 33 years and median earnings are around $925 per week (before tax) for full time employees.

Employment Characteristics

Data

Employment Level - February 18 ('000)

1,311.0

Employment Growth - Five years to February 18 ('000)

97.1

Employment Growth - Five Years to February 18 (%)

8.0

Male Share of Employment - Year to February 18 (%)

44.4

Female Share of Employment - Year to February 18 (%)

55.6

Full Time Share of Employment - Year to February 18 (%)

50.9

Average Full Time Hours - February 18

40

Median Weekly Earnings (full time employees) 2015 ($)

925

Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to May 2022 ('000)

45.6

Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to May 2022 (%)

3.7

Sources: ABS, Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly, cat. no. 6291.0.55.003, trend. Average full time hours data is Department of Jobs and Small Business trend; Earnings data are ABS, Characteristics of Employment Cat. No. 6333.0, 2015; Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017 employment projections, five years to May 2022.

Top 10 Occupations

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Number Employed

(four quarter average, 2017)


Sales Assistants (General)

390,000

Retail Managers

154,500

Checkout Operators and Office Cashiers

113,900

Shelf Fillers

66,100

Pharmacy Sales Assistants

33,500

Retail Supervisors

31,200

Motor Vehicle and Vehicle Parts Salespersons

26,800

Storepersons

26,600

Pharmacists

23,700

Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks

23,400

Source: Four quarter average and custom data based on ABS Labour Force, Australia, Cat no: 6291.0.55.003.


Supporting data

Employment Projections

Where will the jobs be in the future? The Department of Jobs and Small Business projects employment growth over the next five years by region, industry, and occupation.

Vacancy Report

Online job advertising levels and trends by region, occupation and skill level are detailed in the monthly vacancy report.

Employers’ Recruitment Insights

The Survey of Employers' Recruitment Experiences is used to monitor recruitment conditions and to provide up-to-date information on regional labour market challenges.