Sales Workers

This image shows that there were 1,130,600 people employed as Sales Workers at November 2015, up 3.3% since 2014 and up 3.2% since 2010. 31% of jobs were regional. Employment of Sales Workers is projected to grow by 9.3% over the next 5 years.
1,130,600
EMPLOYED
November 2015
Regional
3.3 since 2014
3.2 since 2010
Projected to increase by 9.3% over the next 5 years

Top 5 Sales Worker Occupations

Top 5 Sales Worker Occupations
Top 5 Sales Worker Occupations
General Sales Assistants 552,800
Checkout Operators and Office Cashiers 123,500
Sales Representatives 96,300
Real Estate Sales Agents 88,900
Pharmacy Sales Assistants 40,600

Top 5 Employing Industries

Top 5 Employing Industries
Top 5 Employing Industries
Retail Trade 60.4%
Accommodation and Food Services 8.8%
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services 8.0%
Wholesale Trade 5.6%
Manufacturing 4.1%

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)

Shows the share of educational attainment in the Sales Workers workforce.  Bachelor degree or higher 16%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 23%. No post-school qualification 56%. Other qualification 5%.All occupations  average: Bachelor degree or higher 31%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 32%. No post-school qualification 32%. Other qualification 5%.

Age profiles, Sales Workers (% of occupation total)

Shows age profile of the Sales Workers workforce.  15-24 years 40%. 25-34 years 19%. 35-44 years 14%. 45-54 years 14%. Aged 55 years and over 13%. All occupations average: 15-24 years 16%. 25-34 years 23%. 35-44 years 22%. 45-54 years 21%. Aged 55 years and over 18%.

Employment by occupation subgroup, Sales Workers

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
Occupation subgroup '000 '000 % % % % '000 %
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.