Top 5 Retail Trade Occupations
|Top 5 Occupations||This Industry||All Industries|
|General Sales Assistants||397,000||552,800|
|Checkout Operators and Office Cashiers||101,400||123,500|
|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)
Age profile, Retail Trade (% of industry total)
Employment projections by region, Retail Trade, five years to November 2020 (% change)
For more information see lmip.gov.au
Sources: ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Education and Work; Department of Employment, Industry Employment Projections