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Wholesale Trade

Wholesale Trade employs approximately 391,000 persons (ABS trend data), full time and part time, which is around 3.2 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 42 years and median earnings are around $1,100 per week (before tax) for full time employees. For more detailed information on the Wholesale Trade industry, please visit the  Data Tools channel.

Employment Characteristics

Data

Employment Level - May 17 ('000)

391.0

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

-10.1

Employment Growth - Five Years to May 17 (%)

-2.5

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

65.9

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

34.1

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

82.1

Average Full Time Hours - Year to May 17

40

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

1,100

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

1.9

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

0.5

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

Top 10 Occupations

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Number Employed

(four quarter average, 2016)


Storepersons

25,000

Sales Representatives

23,600

Advertising, Public Relations and Sales Managers

20,700

Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks

18,300

Technical Sales Representatives

15,300

Importers, Exporters and Wholesalers

14,500

Sales Assistants (General)

14,100

Accounting Clerks

11,300

Forklift Drivers

11,000

Truck Drivers

9,800

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.