Sales Workers

This image shows that there were 1,115,700 Sales Workers as at November 2018, up 2.7% since November 2013. Employment is projected to grow by 2.1% over the five years to May 2023.
31% of jobs are regional. 40% of workers are aged 15 to 24 years. 8% of workers are self-employed. 16% of workers hold a bachelor degree or higher. 22% of workers hold a certificate 3 or higher qualification. 6% of workers hold an other qualification. 56% of workers do not hold a post-school qualification.

Annual employment growth (%), Sales Workers

DateAnnual employment growth (%)10-year annual average growth rate for all occupations (%)
Nov-0811.7
Feb-090.41.7
May-090.41.7
Aug-090.51.7
Nov-090.61.7
Feb-101.41.7
May-103.41.7
Aug-106.21.7
Nov-107.71.7
Feb-1161.7
May-111.31.7
Aug-11-3.41.7
Nov-11-5.51.7
Feb-12-4.41.7
May-12-1.21.7
Aug-121.61.7
Nov-122.91.7
Feb-132.91.7
May-132.21.7
Aug-131.91.7
Nov-131.91.7
Feb-141.91.7
May-141.61.7
Aug-140.91.7
Nov-140.31.7
Feb-150.41.7
May-151.41.7
Aug-153.21.7
Nov-154.61.7
Feb-164.31.7
May-161.91.7
Aug-16-1.41.7
Nov-16-3.81.7
Feb-17-3.61.7
May-17-0.91.7
Aug-173.11.7
Nov-175.61.7
Feb-185.11.7
May-181.91.7
Aug-18-1.81.7
Nov-18-3.71.7

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%).

Top employing occupations, Sales Workers

Top employing occupations
Occupation Number
General Sales Assistants 529,700
Checkout Operators and Office Cashiers 145,100
Real Estate Sales Agents 89,400
Sales Representatives 84,300
Retail Supervisors 38,500
Pharmacy Sales Assistants 37,200
Motor Vehicle and Vehicle Parts Salespersons 33,400
Other Sales Assistants and Salespersons 18,600
ICT Sales Assistants 17,000
Ticket Salespersons 16,700
Models and Sales Demonstrators 13,500
Service Station Attendants 12,500
Insurance Agents 9,700
Telemarketers 7,200
Retail and Wool Buyers 6,600
Street Vendors and Related Salespersons 6,600
Visual Merchandisers 6,500
Other Sales Support Workers 3,400
Auctioneers, and Stock and Station Agents 3,100

Employment by occupation subgroup, Sales Workers

Employment by occupation subgroup, Sales Workers
Occupation subgroup Employment Employment Profile Workforce Educational Profile Projected Employment
Employ’t Nov 2018  5 year change
to Nov 2018
Part-time Female Aged 15 to 24 years Aged 55 years or older Bachelor degree or higher Cert III or higher VET qual No post-school qual 5 year change to May 2023
‘000 ‘000 % % % % % % % % %
Sales Representatives and Agents 186.7 -3.8 -2.0 19 42 9 22 29 33 31 3.7
Sales Assistants and Salespersons 724.0 18.9 2.7 65 64 45 12 14 19 61 1.7
Sales Support Workers 198.6 10.6 5.7 77 72 50 9 11 22 63 2.0
All Sales Workers1 1,115.7 29.0 2.7 59 62 40 13 16 22 56 2.1

1. Some data are trend and, for these, totals do not add

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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