Sales Workers sell goods, services and property, and provide sales support. A large share of these workers are employed in Retail Trade (60%).
While employment in this occupation group declined over the year to November 2018, there are still more jobs than five years ago (up by 2.7%). The number of Sales Worker vacancies advertised on the Internet has fallen over the last five years (down by 3%), although these positions are often advertised in other media and through informal methods, while some vacancies are filled through applicants approaching employers for work.
Less than half the people employed in this group have post-school qualifications and the workforce is relatively young (40% are aged 15 to 24 years). These jobs are often people’s first employment and the seven day a week trading of many retail stores creates part-time employment opportunities for students (59% of jobs are part-time).
Sales Workers employment is projected to have modest employment growth over the five years to May 2023 (up by 2.1%).
Sources: ABS, Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations; ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Education and Work; Department ofJobs and Small Business, Internet Vacancy Index
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