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Retail Trade

Retail Trade employs approximately 1,252,100 persons (ABS trend data), full time and part time, which is around 10.2 per cent of the total workforce. Over the past five years, employment in the industry has increased by 4.6 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. For more detailed information on the Retail Trade industry, please visit the  Data Tools channel.

Employment Characteristics

Data

Employment Level - August 17 ('000)

1,252.1

Employment Growth - Five years to August 17 ('000)

55.5

Employment Growth - Five Years to August 17 (%)

4.6

Male Share of Employment - Year to August 17 (%)

44.9

Female Share of Employment - Year to August 17 (%)

55.1

Full Time Share of Employment - Year to August 17 (%)

51.1

Average Full Time Hours - August 17

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 Employment trend; Earnings data are ABS, Characteristics of Employment Cat. No. 6333.0, 2015; Department of Employment, 2017 employment projections, five years to May 2022; Median age data are ABS, Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly, November 2016, cat. no. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report.

Top 10 Occupations

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Number Employed

(four quarter average, 2016)


Sales Assistants (General)

375,000

Retail Managers

147,700

Checkout Operators and Office Cashiers

112,000

Shelf Fillers

59,200

Pharmacy Sales Assistants

38,600

Retail Supervisors

34,900

Storepersons

30,400

Motor Vehicle and Vehicle Parts Salespersons

24,500

Pharmacists

22,900

Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks

19,200

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 Employment 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.