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Retail Trade

Retail Trade employs approximately 1,230,000 persons (ABS trend data), full time and part time, which is around 10.3 per cent of the total workforce. Over the past five years, employment in the industry has increased by 2.5 per cent. The median age for workers in this industry is 32 years and median earnings are around $901 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 - Aug 2016 ('000)

1,230.0

Employment Growth - Five years to Aug 2016 ('000)

29.9

Employment Growth - Five Years to Aug 2016 (%)

2.5

Male Share of Employment - Year to Aug 2016 (%)

44.7

Female Share of Employment - Year to Aug 2016 (%)

55.3

Full Time Share of Employment - Year to Aug 2016 (%)

50.2

Average Full Time Hours - Year to Aug 2016

40

Median Weekly Earnings (full time employees) 2014 ($)

901

Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to Nov 2020 ('000)

106.0

Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to Nov 2020 (%)

8.4

Sources: ABS, Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly, cat. no. 6291.0.55.003, trend. Female, Male and full time data are four quarter averages of original data; Earnings data are ABS, Characteristics of Employment Cat. No. 6333.0, 2014; Department of Employment, 2016 employment projections, five years to November 2020.

Top 10 Occupations

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Number Employed

(four quarter average, 2015)


Sales Assistants (General)

397,000

Retail Managers

157,100

Checkout Operators and Office Cashiers

104,700

Shelf Fillers

53,200

Pharmacy Sales Assistants

35,800

Retail Supervisors

31,400

Storepersons

30,800

Motor Vehicle and Vehicle Parts Salespersons

25,000

Pharmacists

22,200

Sales Representatives

19,800

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.