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Regional Industry Data

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

Wholesale Trade

Wholesale Trade employs approximately 394,900 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 5.9 per cent. The median age for workers in this industry is 43 years and median weekly earnings are around $1,150 per week.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Employment data for the August 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 August 2020 employment data with caution.

Employment Characteristics


Employment Level - August 2020 ('000)


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


Employment Growth - Five Years to August 2020 (%)


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


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


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


Average Full Time Hours - August 2020


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


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


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


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

(For more information, select an occupation below)

Number Employed

(four quarter average, 2019)



Advertising, Public Relations and Sales Managers


Sales Representatives


Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks


Technical Sales Representatives


Importers, Exporters and Wholesalers


Sales Assistants (General)


Truck Drivers


Forklift Drivers


Accounting Clerks


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 National Skills Commission surveys businesses to monitor recruitment conditions across Australia and provide insights into what employers are looking for.

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.