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About this data

Wholesale Trade is a small employing industry. Around 2.6% 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 in the Wholesale Trade industry grew over the 20 years to November 2023.

    The number of workers grew by 5,400 (or 1.4%) over the last year.



    Other Machinery and Equipment Wholesaling is the largest sector in the Wholesale Trade industry, employing 68,800 workers.



    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, 2022, four-quarter average data, customised report.
    ANZSCO CodeOccupation title
    6211Sales Assistants (General)
    1311Advertising, Public Relations and Sales Managers
    1333Importers, Exporters and Wholesalers
    5911Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks
    6113Sales Representatives
    2254Technical Sales Representatives
    1421Retail Managers
    7213Forklift Drivers
    7331Truck Drivers


    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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