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Wholesale Trade

Wholesale Trade employs approximately 389,700 persons (ABS trend data), which accounts for 3.0 per cent of the total workforce. Over the past five years, employment in the industry has increased by 1.0 per cent. The median age for workers in this industry is 44 years and median weekly earnings are around $1,150 per week.

Employment Characteristics

Data

Employment Level - February 2020 ('000)

389.7

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

4.0

Employment Growth - Five Years to February 2020 (%)

1.0

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

67.7

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

32.3

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

81.8

Average Full Time Hours - February 2020

40

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

1,150

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

10.4

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

2.6

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

Top 10 Occupations

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Number Employed

(four quarter average, 2019)


Storepersons

28,900

Advertising, Public Relations and Sales Managers

22,800

Sales Representatives

21,600

Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks

19,400

Technical Sales Representatives

16,700

Importers, Exporters and Wholesalers

14,700

Sales Assistants (General)

12,000

Truck Drivers

11,500

Forklift Drivers

11,500

Accounting 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 Department of Education, Skills and Employment 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.