Wholesale Trade

This image shows that there were 391,300 people employed in the Wholesale Trade industry at November 2015, up 1.2% since 2014 and down 3.3% since 2010. 26% of jobs were regional. Employment in the Wholesale Trade industry is projected to grow by 0.8% over the next 5 years.
391,300
EMPLOYED
November 2015
Regional
1.2 since 2014
3.3 since 2010
Projected to increase by 0.8% over the next 5 years

Top 5 Wholesale Trade Occupations

Top 5 Occupations
Top 5 Occupations This Industry All Industries
Storepersons 27,500 124,300
Sales  Representatives 24,400 96,300
Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks 20,700 87,100
Advertising and Sales Managers 20,200 125,900
Importers, Exporters and Wholesalers 13,600 17,600

Wholesale Trade employs 391,300 workers, or 3% of Australia's workforce.

Employment fell over the five years to November 2015 (down by 3.3% or 13,500) but some new jobs are expected to be created over the five years to November 2020 (up by 3,100 or 0.8%).

This industry’s employment is concentrated in metropolitan areas, with nearly three in four workers located in capital cities.

Nearly two thirds of workers are male and full-time work is common.

The workforce has a relatively low skill profile. Around 41% of workers do not hold post-school qualifications. Just 22% hold a bachelor degree or higher qualification but one third have vocational education and training (VET) qualifications at the certificate III or higher level.

Workers aged 15 to 24 years have a low share of Wholesale Trade jobs (9% compared with the all industries average of 16%). Older workers, though, comprise a large proportion of this workforce (46% of workers are aged 45 years and over compared with 31% across all industries).

Educational attainment, Wholesale Trade (% of industry total)

Shows the educational attainment profile of the Wholesale Trade Industry's workforce.  Bachelor degree or higher 22%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 33%. No post-school qualification 41%. Other qualification 4%.

Age profile, Wholesale Trade (% of industry total)

Shows age profile of the workforce in the Wholesale Trade industry.  15-24 years 9%. 25-34 years 22%. 35-44 years 23%. 45-54 years 25%. Aged 55 years and over 21%. 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, Wholesale Trade, five years to November 2020 (% change)

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

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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