Top 5 Sales Worker Occupations
|Top 5 Sales Worker Occupations|
|General Sales Assistants||552,800|
|Checkout Operators and Office Cashiers||123,500|
|Real Estate Sales Agents||88,900|
|Pharmacy Sales Assistants||40,600|
Top 5 Employing Industries
|Top 5 Employing Industries|
|Accommodation and Food Services||8.8%|
|Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services||8.0%|
Sales Workers sell goods, services and property, and provide sales support. Retail Trade accounts for 60% of jobs.
More than 1.1 million Australians are employed as Sales Workers, or around 10% of the workforce. Employment growth over the five years to November 2015 was below average (3.2% compared with the all occupations growth of 6.4%) but 34,700 new sales jobs were created. Strong employment growth is projected, though, over the five years to November 2020 (up by 9.3% or 104,900), with almost 90,000 new jobs expected for the subgroup Sales Assistants and Salespersons.
This is a relatively lower skilled occupation group (more than half its workers do not hold post-school qualifications, and employers rarely require workers who have them). Sales Workers provides the first job for many Australians. The majority of Sales Workers are employed part-time (57%) and seven day trading enables young people to combine work with study and people with caring responsibilities to combine work and family. Young workers (15 to 24 years) have 40% of Sales Workers jobs, higher than their share of jobs in any other occupation group.
Women have a relatively high share of employment (61%).
Educational attainment, Sales Workers (% of occupation total)
Age profiles, Sales Workers (% of occupation total)
Employment by occupation subgroup, Sales Workers
|Employment||Employment Profile||Projected Employment|
|Employ't Nov 2015||5 year change to Nov 2015||Female||Aged 15 to 24 years||Aged 45 years and over||5 year change to Nov 2020|
|Sales Representatives and Agents||199.7||-12.0||-5.7||41||8||44||22.0||11.0|
|Sales Assistants and Salespersons||753.6||67.0||9.8||63||46||24||88.9||11.8|
|Sales Support Workers||172.7||-23.3||-11.9||74||52||21||-6.0||-3.5|
|All Sales Workers1||1,130.6||34.7||3.2||61||40||27||104.9||9.3|
1. Some data are trend and, for these, totals do not add
Sources: ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Education and Work; Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections; ABS, Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations; Department of Employment, Entry level jobs – opportunities and barriers.