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Wholesale Trade

Wholesale Trade employs approximately 401,700 persons (ABS trend data), which accounts for 3.1 per cent of the total workforce. Over the past five years, employment in the industry has increased by 3.5 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

Data

Employment Level - May 2019 ('000)

401.7

Employment Growth - Five years to May 2019 ('000)

13.4

Employment Growth - Five Years to May 2019 (%)

3.5

Male Share of Employment - Year to May 2019 (%)

66.9

Female Share of Employment - Year to May 2019 (%)

33.1

Full Time Share of Employment - Year to May 2019 (%)

81.9

Average Full Time Hours - May 2019

40

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

1141

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

-9.7

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

-2.7

Sources: ABS, Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly, cat. no. 6291.0.55.003, trend. Average full time hours data is Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business trend; Earnings data are ABS, Characteristics of Employment Cat. No. 6333.0, August 2018; Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, 2018 employment projections, five years to May 2023.

Top 10 Occupations

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Number Employed

(four quarter average, 2018)


Storepersons

28,000

Sales Representatives

23,700

Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks

20,000

Advertising, Public Relations and Sales Managers

18,700

Importers, Exporters and Wholesalers

15,500

Technical Sales Representatives

13,500

Truck Drivers

11,900

Sales Assistants (General)

11,500

Accounting Clerks

10,200

Forklift Drivers

10,200

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, Skills, Small and Family 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.

Workforce Shortages

The Department carries out research to identify workforce shortages at the state, territory and/or national level for around 80 occupations.