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Wholesale Trade

Wholesale Trade employs approximately 364,400 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 14.9 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

Data

Employment Level - May 2018 ('000)

364.4

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

-63.9

Employment Growth - Five Years to May 2018 (%)

-14.9

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

66.7

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

33.3

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

82.8

Average Full Time Hours - May 2018

41

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 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, 2017 employment projections, five years to May 2022.

Top 10 Occupations

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Number Employed

(four quarter average, 2017)


Storepersons

27,200

Sales Representatives

24,900

Advertising, Public Relations and Sales Managers

17,800

Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks

16,600

Sales Assistants (General)

16,100

Importers, Exporters and Wholesalers

15,800

Technical Sales Representatives

12,600

Truck Drivers

11,600

Retail Managers

10,500

Forklift Drivers

9,700

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.