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Retail Trade is the second largest employing industry. Around 9.4% of workers have their main job in this industry.

Retail Trade businesses are mainly involved in the purchase and onselling of goods to the general public. They usually trade from shop fronts that attract high numbers of walk-in customers, however the industry includes an increasing number of businesses involved in online retailing.

Median earnings are $875 per week, lower than all industries median earnings of $1,300.

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    Employment in the Retail Trade industry grew over the 20 years to November 2023.

    The number of workers fell by 1,900 (or 0.1%) over the last year.



    Supermarket and Grocery Stores is the largest sector in the Retail Trade industry, employing 314,600 workers.



    Sales Assistants (General) is the largest employing occupation in the Retail Trade industry.

    The 10 largest employing occupations are shown below.

    Some occupations are common across a number of industries.

    Largest employing occupations

    Source: Ranked using ABS, Labour Force Survey, 2022, four-quarter average data, customised report.
    ANZSCO CodeOccupation title
    6211Sales Assistants (General)
    1421Retail Managers
    6311Checkout Operators and Office Cashiers
    8912Shelf Fillers
    6214Pharmacy Sales Assistants
    6215Retail Supervisors
    6213Motor Vehicle and Vehicle Parts Salespersons
    5911Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks


    Useful links

    Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification

    The Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) provides a basis for the standardised collection, analysis and dissemination of economic data on an industry basis for Australia and New Zealand. ANZSIC is a hierarchical industry classification with four levels - divisions (the broadest level), subdivisions, groups and classes (the finest level).

    There are 19 division level industries which provide a broad picture of the economy and is most suitable for the publication of summary tables in official statistics.

    The subdivision, group and class levels provide increasingly detailed dissections of these categories for the compilation of more specific and detailed statistics. The sector data is at the group level.

    For more information on the ANZSIC visit the ABS website.

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