Wholesale Trade

This image shows that there were 381,700 people employed in Wholesale Trade as at November 2018, up 4.4% since November 2013. Employment is projected to grow by 2.7% over the five years to May 2023.
24% of jobs are regional. 10% of workers are aged 15 to 24 years. 16% of workers are self-employed. 24% of workers hold a bachelor degree or higher. 29% of workers hold a certificate 3 or higher qualification. 7% of workers hold an other qualification. 40% of workers do not hold a post-school qualification.

Wholesale Trade is a small employing industry. Employment has fallen in this industry for most of the past five years, although it has grown relatively strongly over the past year. Full-time work is common in this industry (83% of employment).

This industry has a relatively low skill profile.

  • Post-school qualifications are often not required (40% of workers do not hold such qualifications).
  • More than half the jobs are for Clerical and Administrative Workers, Sales Workers and Machinery Operators and Drivers.

Despite this, a relatively low share of workers in this industry are aged 15-24 years.

Wholesale Trade employment is projected to fall by 2.7% over the five years to May 2023.

Wholesale Trade, Annual employment growth (%)

Wholesale Trade

Wholesale Trade
Top employing occupations This industry All industries
Storepersons 28,000 126,800
Sales Representatives 23,700 84,300
Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks 20,000 104,200
Advertising, Public Relations and Sales Managers 18,700 141,200
Importers, Exporters and Wholesalers 15,500 18,700
Technical Sales Representatives 13,500 33,400
Truck Drivers 11,900 199,400
General Sales Assistants 11,500 529,700
Accounting Clerks 10,200 131,700
Forklift Drivers 10,200 68,400
Retail Managers 9,200 240,700
Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers 8,500 49,600
Office Managers 7,300 150,700
General Clerks 7,300 281,800
Delivery Drivers 6,800 60,900
Metal Fitters and Machinists 6,400 107,700
Accountants 6,300 188,400
Packers 6,200 67,600
Advertising and Marketing Professionals 4,700 74,000
Bookkeepers 4,300 100,900

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

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