Transport, Postal and Warehousing

This image shows that there were 646,800 people employed in Transport, Postal and Warehousing as at November 2017, up 6.6% since November 2016 and 11.0% since November 2012. Employment is projected to grow by 6.5% over the five years to May 2022.
28% of jobs are regional (down 1 percentage point over 5 years).
22% of workers are female (up 1 percentage point over 5 years).
54% of workers hold post-school qualifications (up 5 percentage points over 5 years).
21% of jobs are part-time (up 2 percentage points over 5 years).
The median age is 45 years (no change over 5 years).

Top 5 Occupations

Top 5 Occupations
Occupation This Industry All Industries
Truck Drivers 114,900 208,300
Automobile Drivers 51,800 57,000
Couriers and Postal Deliverers 37,500 43,600
Bus and Coach Drivers 37,500 42,900
Storepersons 31,800 123,300

Employment, Transport, Postal and Warehousing (‘000)

This line chart shows the number of people employed in the Transport, Postal and Warehousing industry over the period from November 1997 to November 2017. The chart shows employment increased steadily over this period to 646,800 in November 2017.

Almost half the jobs in this industry are for Machinery Operators and Drivers and many of the top employing occupations are driving jobs. Employment in this industry increased strongly over past five years.

A large share of this workforce has not completed post-school study, although nearly one third hold a certificate III or higher vocational qualification.

The industry’s workforce is relatively old, with around one in four workers aged 55 years or older. Just 7% are aged 15 to 24 years.

Transport, Postal and Warehousing employment is projected to grow by 6.5% over the five years to May 2022.

Educational attainment, Transport, Postal and Warehousing (%)

Shows the educational attainment profile of the Transport, Postal and Warehousing industry's workforce.  Bachelor degree or higher 16%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 31%. Other qualification 7%. No post-school qualification 46%.

Age profile, Transport, Postal and Warehousing (%)

Shows the age profile of the Transport, Postal and Warehousing workforce. 7% aged 15 to 24 years. 20% aged 25 to 34 years. 22% aged 35 to 44 years. 26% aged 45 to 54 years. 25% aged 55 years or older.

Did you know?
More than one third of Transport, Postal and Warehousing workers were born overseas

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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