Retail Trade

This image shows that there were 1,267,400 people employed in the Retail Trade industry at November 2015, up 3.1% since 2014 and up 5.5% since 2010. 32% of jobs were regional. Employment in the Retail Trade industry is projected to grow by 8.4% over the next 5 years.
1,267,400
EMPLOYED
November 2015
Regional
3.1 since 2014
5.5 since 2010
Projected to increase by 8.4% over the next 5 years

Top 5 Retail Trade Occupations

Top 5 Occupations
Top 5 Occupations This Industry All Industries
General Sales Assistants 397,000 552,800
Retail Managers 157,100 235,200
Checkout Operators and Office Cashiers 101,400 123,500
Shelf Fillers 53,200 58,400
Pharmacy Sales Assistants 35,800 40,600

Retail Trade is the second largest employing industry, with more than 1.2 million workers, or around one in nine working Australians. It provides jobs in almost every location, including more than 400,000 in regional Australia.

This industry recorded below average employment growth over the five years to November 2015 (up by 5.5% compared with 6.4% across all industries), with 66,100 new jobs. Jobs were created in every subsector except Food Retailing (down by 1.0% or 3,900).

Employment is projected to increase more strongly over the five years to November 2020 (up by 8.4% or 106,000), with large numbers of new jobs in Clothing, Footwear and Personal Accessory Retailing (20,400), Supermarket and Grocery Stores (17,700) and Pharmaceutical and Other Store-Based Retailing (16,900).

Sales Workers represent more than half the workers in this industry and many workers do not hold post-school qualifications.

Women and young people are well represented in the Retail Trade workforce. Around 55% of workers are female and one third of the workforce is aged 15 to 24 years. Almost half of all employment is part-time. This makes the industry a good entry point to the labour market, including for those who would like to combine work and study or work and carer responsibilities.

Educational attainment, Retail Trade (% of industry total)

Shows the educational attainment profile of the Retail Trade Industry's workforce.  Bachelor degree or higher 18%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 25%. No post-school qualification 52%. Other qualification 5%.

Age profile, Retail Trade (% of industry total)

Shows age profile of the workforce in the Retail Trade industry.  15-24 years 33%. 25-34 years 21%. 35-44 years 16%. 45-54 years 16%. Aged 55 years and over 14%. All industries average: 15-24 years 16%. 25-34 years 23%. 35-44 years 22%. 45-54 years 21%. Aged 55 years and over 18%.

Employment projections by region, Retail Trade, five years to November 2020 (% change)

Employment projections by region, Retail Trade, five years to November 2020 (% change)

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Sources: ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Education and Work; Department of Employment, Industry Employment Projections