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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 369,000 persons (ABS seasonally adjusted data), which accounts for 2.8 per cent of the total workforce. Over the past five years, employment in the industry has decreased by 3.5 per cent. The median age for workers in this industry is 44 years and median weekly earnings are around $1,200 per week.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Employment data for the May 2021 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 2021 employment data with caution.

The Industry & Occupation quarterly employment update data visualisation can provide more context around recent movements in industry and occupation employment.

Employment Characteristics

Data

Employment Level - May 2021 ('000)

369.0

Workforce Share - February 2021 (%)

2.8

Employment Growth - Five years to May 2021 ('000)

-13.4

Employment Growth - Five Years to May 2021 (%)

-3.5

Male Share of Employment - May 2021 (%)

65.4

Female Share of Employment - May 2021 (%)

34.6

Median Age - 2019

44

Full Time Share of Employment - May 2021 (%)

79.7

Average Full Time Hours - May 2021

40

Median Weekly Earnings in Main Job - August 2020 ($)

1200

Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to November 2025 ('000)

2.9

Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to November 2025 (%)

0.8

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; Median age data are ABS, customised report; Earnings data are ABS, Characteristics of Employment Cat. No. 6333.0, August 2020; National Skills Commission, 2020 employment projections, five years to November 2025.

Top 10 Occupations

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Number Employed

(four quarter average, 2020)


Storepersons

27,200

Advertising, Public Relations and Sales Managers

20,800

Sales Representatives

19,400

Importers, Exporters and Wholesalers

19,000

Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks

18,900

Sales Assistants (General)

17,900

Technical Sales Representatives

15,800

Retail Managers

12,500

Forklift Drivers

11,700

General Clerks

11,200

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 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.