Top 5 Occupations
|Occupation||This Industry||All Industries|
|General Sales Assistants||390,000||553,200|
|Checkout Operators and Office Cashiers||113,900||141,600|
|Pharmacy Sales Assistants||33,500||33,700|
Retail Trade is Australia’s second largest employing industry. Employment increased by 6.8% (or 81,400) over the past five years.
This industry offers good opportunities for young people to enter the labour market. A large share is aged 15 to 24 years and post-school qualifications are often not necessary. Part-time work is common.
Retail Trade employment is projected to increase by 3.7% over the five years to May 2022. Population growth is expected to sustain employment rises in some non-discretionary goods sectors (such as the Supermarket and Grocery Stores sector). By contrast, employment in the Department Stores sector is expected to fall, which is particularly dependent on growth in discretionary consumption and is susceptible to online competition.
12% of Retail Trade workers are also studying at university
Sources: ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Census of Population and Housing; Department of Jobs and Small Business, Industry Employment Projections
For more information see lmip.gov.au