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Wholesale Trade

Wholesale Trade employs approximately 381,700 persons (ABS trend data), which accounts for 3.0 per cent of the total workforce. Over the past five years, employment in the industry has decreased by 4.4 per cent. The median age for workers in this industry is 43 years and median weekly earnings are around $1,141 per week.

Employment Characteristics


Employment Level - November 2018 ('000)


Employment Growth - Five years to November 2018 ('000)


Employment Growth - Five Years to November 2018 (%)


Male Share of Employment - Year to November 2018 (%)


Female Share of Employment - Year to November 2018 (%)


Full Time Share of Employment - Year to November 2018 (%)


Average Full Time Hours - November 2018


Median Weekly Earnings in Main Job - August 2018 ($)


Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to May 2023 ('000)


Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to May 2023 (%)


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, August 2018; Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2018 employment projections, five years to May 2023.

Top 10 Occupations

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Number Employed

(four quarter average, 2018)



Sales Representatives


Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks


Advertising, Public Relations and Sales Managers


Importers, Exporters and Wholesalers


Technical Sales Representatives


Truck Drivers


Sales Assistants (General)


Accounting Clerks


Forklift Drivers


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.