EMPLOYED

384,200

PART-TIME SHARE

17.0%

FEMALE SHARE

33.0%

MEDIAN WEEKLY EARNINGS

$1,346

MEDIAN AGE

43

ANNUAL EMPLOYMENT GROWTH

N/A

Wholesale Trade is a small employing industry. Around 2.7% of workers have their main job in this industry.

Wholesalers don't usually have a shop front to sell their items; they are the middle step between manufactures and retailers or businesses.

Median earnings are $1,346 per week, higher than all industries median earnings of $1,300.

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    Employment

    Employment in the Wholesale Trade industry grew over the 20 years to May 2024.
    The number of workers grew by 10,300 (or 2.8%) 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, Wholesale Trade Employment
    373000
    374000
    375100
    376300
    377600
    379000
    380700
    382500
    384400
    386400
    388300
    390200
    392100
    393900
    395700
    397600
    399400
    401200
    402900
    404500
    406100
    407600
    408800
    409900
    410800
    411500
    412000
    412400
    412700
    412900
    412900
    412700
    412300
    411600
    410500
    409000
    407000
    404500
    401600
    398500
    395200
    392000
    388700
    385600
    382600
    379800
    377300
    375200
    373400
    372000
    371100
    370600
    370500
    370900
    371600
    372600
    373800
    375100
    376400
    377400
    378000
    378300
    378000
    377400
    376400
    375100
    373600
    372000
    370500
    369200
    368300
    367900
    368100
    368800
    370000
    371700
    373800
    376200
    378800
    381500
    384200

    Sectors

    Other Machinery and Equipment Wholesaling is the largest sector in the Wholesale Trade industry, employing 67,300 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
    Other Machinery and Equipment Wholesaling 67300
    Grocery, Liquor and Tobacco Product Wholesaling 60500
    Timber and Hardware Goods Wholesaling 46200
    Specialised Industrial Machinery and Equipment Wholesaling 37500
    Furniture, Floor Covering and Other Goods Wholesaling 36000
    Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts Wholesaling 28000
    Mineral, Metal and Chemical Wholesaling 26500
    Agricultural Product Wholesaling 22400
    Pharmaceutical and Toiletry Goods Wholesaling 20900
    Textile, Clothing and Footwear Wholesaling 14000
    Commission-Based Wholesaling 8600

    Occupations

    Storepersons is the largest employing occupation in the Wholesale 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
    7411Storepersons
    5911Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks
    1311Advertising, Public Relations and Sales Manager
    6211Sales Assistants (General)
    6113Sales Representatives
    1421Retail Managers
    1333Importers, Exporters and Wholesalers
    2254Technical Sales Representatives
    5511Accounting Clerks
    7213Forklift Drivers

    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.

     

    Industry Data - May 2024.xlsx

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