Retail Trade

This image shows that there were 1,286,900 people employed in Retail Trade as at November 2017, up 4.9% since November 2016 and 6.8% since November 2012.  Employment is projected to grow by 3.7% over the five years to May 2022.
32% of jobs are regional (down 3 percentage points over 5 years).
56% of workers are female (down 2 percentage points over 5 years).
46% of workers hold post-school qualifications (up 5 percentage points over 5 years).
50% of jobs are part-time (up 1 percentage point over 5 years).
The median age is 34 years (no change over 5 years).

Top 5 Occupations

Top 5 Occupations
Occupation This Industry All Industries
General Sales Assistants 390,000 553,200
Retail Managers 154,500 237,700
Checkout Operators and Office Cashiers 113,900 141,600
Shelf Fillers 66,100 67,100
Pharmacy Sales Assistants 33,500 33,700

Employment, Retail Trade (‘000)

This line chart shows the number of people employed in the Retail Trade industry over the period from November 1997 to November 2017. The chart shows employment increased steadily over this period to 1,286,900 in November 2017.

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.

Educational attainment, Retail Trade (%)

Shows the educational attainment profile of the Retail Trade industry's workforce.  Bachelor degree or higher 16%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 24%. Other qualification 6%. No post-school qualification 54%.

Age profile, Retail Trade (%)

Shows the age profile of the Retail Trade workforce. 30% aged 15 to 24 years. 21% aged 25 to 34 years. 17% aged 35 to 44 years. 17% aged 45 to 54 years. 15% aged 55 years or older.

Quick fact
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

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