EMPLOYED

1,320,300

PART-TIME SHARE

50.0%

FEMALE SHARE

55.0%

MEDIAN WEEKLY EARNINGS

$875

MEDIAN AGE

33

ANNUAL EMPLOYMENT GROWTH

N/A

Retail Trade is the second largest employing industry. Around 9.2% 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

    Employment in the Retail Trade industry grew over the 20 years to May 2024.
    The number of workers fell by 12,500 (or 0.9%) over the last year.

    Source: ABS, Labour Force Survey, Detailed, May 2024, Jobs and Skills Australia (JSA) trend data.
    Note: Over the COVID-19 pandemic period (highlighted section in the chart above), some industries have censored values, resulting in a broken series for impacted industries. This is due to large quarterly fluctuations in employment resulting in trend data being unreliable for these quarters. Where data are available over the COVID-19 pandemic period, JSA recommends caution when using these trend estimates.
    Quarterly employment, Retail Trade Employment
    1104200
    1114500
    1129400
    1144100
    1155300
    1160900
    1162900
    1163000
    1163900
    1167100
    1173300
    1181600
    1191800
    1204000
    1214600
    1219700
    1220200
    1217100
    1212000
    1205100
    1196400
    1188000
    1183500
    1181900
    1184000
    1189400
    1196000
    1200000
    1200500
    1199000
    1197000
    1195700
    1196500
    1200000
    1205900
    1211800
    1217900
    1222900
    1228300
    1230600
    1230900
    1230700
    1231900
    1233900
    1239600
    1248200
    1254600
    1253700
    1247700
    1241700
    1240000
    1242100
    1250000
    1259900
    1269100
    1272400
    1271200
    1269100
    1268100
    1265300
    1260700
    1254100
    1248500
    1244500
    1248200
    1256500
    1263000
    1266300
    1268600
    1276200
    1287100
    1301300
    1316500
    1327900
    1333000
    1332800
    1331300
    1327800
    1324200
    1320300

    Sectors

    Supermarket and Grocery Stores is the largest sector in the Retail Trade industry, employing 318,000 workers.

    Source: ABS, Labour Force Survey, Detailed, May 2024, Jobs and Skills Australia (JSA) trend data.
    Note: the sum of sectoral employment may not equal the industry total as data are trended separately, and “not further defined” (nfd) classifications have been excluded.
    Employment by industry sectors Employment
    Supermarket and Grocery Stores 318000
    Pharmaceutical and Other Store-Based Retailing 230300
    Clothing, Footwear and Personal Accessory Retailing 162800
    Specialised Food Retailing 103900
    Hardware, Building and Garden Supplies Retailing 86400
    Department Stores 77800
    Motor Vehicle Retailing 64300
    Electrical and Electronic Goods Retailing 53600
    Recreational Goods Retailing 52600
    Furniture, Floor Coverings, Houseware and Textile Goods Retailing 50200
    Fuel Retailing 35900
    Non-Store Retailing 35000
    Motor Vehicle Parts and Tyre Retailing 30400
    Retail Commission-Based Buying and/or Selling 800

    Occupations

    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, 2023, four-quarter average data, customised report.
    ANZSCO CodeOccupation title
    6211Sales Assistants (General)
    1421Retail Managers
    6311Checkout Operators and Office Cashiers
    8912Shelf Fillers
    7411Storepersons
    6215Retail Supervisors
    6214Pharmacy Sales Assistants
    2515Pharmacists
    6213Motor Vehicle and Vehicle Parts Salespersons
    5911Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks

    Industry data

    This file contains data for all 19 industries to make comparing industry data easy. Information available includes:

    • industry overview
    • industry employment (20-year time series)
    • industry sector employment
    • top employing occupations by industry.

     

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