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Regional Industry Data

Regional industry information is available from the Employment Region and SA4 Region channels.

Retail Trade Industry Brief

This brief contains a detailed analysis of the Retail Trade industry. Insights include employment growth (regional and sectoral), online expenditure and recruitment methods.

Employment Conditions and Outlook for Retail Trade (WORD) (659.9KB)

Retail Trade

Retail Trade employs approximately 1,189,100 persons (ABS trend data), which accounts for 9.8 per cent of the total workforce. Over the past five years, employment in the industry has decreased by 2.8 per cent. The median age for workers in this industry is 32 years and median weekly earnings are around $700 per week.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Employment data for the May 2020 quarter are presented in seasonally adjusted terms, rather than trend. Seasonally adjusted data may be more volatile than trend, however, more readily show the significant impact of COVID-19 on the Australian labour market. Moreover, employment data for some industries may exhibit a high degree of volatility as the pandemic has caused greater disruption in different segments of the economy. Please use May 2020 employment data with caution.

Employment Characteristics

Data

Employment Level - May 2020 ('000)

1,189.1

Employment Growth - Five years to May 2020 ('000)

-33.8

Employment Growth - Five Years to May 2020 (%)

-2.8

Male Share of Employment - Year to May 2020 (%)

45.1

Female Share of Employment - Year to May 2020 (%)

54.9

Full Time Share of Employment - Year to May 2020 (%)

52.0

Average Full Time Hours - May 2020

36

Median Weekly Earnings in Main Job - August 2019 ($)

700

Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to May 2024 ('000)

62.3

Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to May 2024 (%)

4.8

Sources: ABS, Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly, cat. no. 6291.0.55.003, seasonally adjusted. Average full time hours data is National Skills Commission seasonally adjusted; Earnings data are ABS, Characteristics of Employment Cat. No. 6333.0, August 2019; National Skills Commission, 2019 employment projections, five years to May 2024.

Top 10 Occupations

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Number Employed

(four quarter average, 2019)


Sales Assistants (General)

346,400

Retail Managers

152,100

Checkout Operators and Office Cashiers

143,900

Shelf Fillers

61,100

Pharmacy Sales Assistants

35,800

Storepersons

34,800

Retail Supervisors

31,000

Motor Vehicle and Vehicle Parts Salespersons

26,600

Pharmacists

22,400

Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks

20,300

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