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Wholesale Trade

Wholesale Trade employs approximately 363,200 persons (ABS trend data), full time and part time, which is around 2.9 per cent of the total workforce. Over the past five years, employment in the industry has decreased by 12.4 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.

Employment Characteristics


Employment Level - August 2018 ('000)


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


Employment Growth - Five Years to August 2018 (%)


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


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


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


Average Full Time Hours - August 2018


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


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, 2015; 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, 2017)



Sales Representatives


Advertising, Public Relations and Sales Managers


Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks


Sales Assistants (General)


Importers, Exporters and Wholesalers


Technical Sales Representatives


Truck Drivers


Retail Managers


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.