Wholesale Trade

This image shows that there were 376,700 people employed in Wholesale Trade as at November 2017, up 0.5% since November 2016 and 11.9% since November 2012.Employment is projected to grow by 0.5% over the five years to May 2022.
24% of jobs are regional (no change over 5 years).
33% of workers are female (down 2 percentage points over 5 years).
60% of workers hold post-school qualifications (up 6 percentage points over 5 years).
17% of jobs are part-time (no change over 5 years).
The median age is 42 years (up 1 year over 5 years).

Top 5 Occupations

Top 5 Occupations
Occupation This Industry All Industries
Storepersons 27,200 123,300
Sales  Representatives 24,900 84,800
Advertising, Public Relations and Sales Managers 17,800 128,500
Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks 16,600 92,500
General Sales Assistants 16,100 553,200

Employment, Wholesale Trade (‘000)

This line chart shows the number of people employed in the Wholesale Trade industry over the period from November 1997 to November 2017. The chart shows employment has fallen over this period to 376,700 in November 2017.

This is a small employing industry and employment fell over the past five years.

This industry has a lower skill profile, with around 40% of workers not holding post-school qualifications. More than half of the jobs are for Clerical and Administrative Workers, Sales Workers or Machinery Operators and Drivers. Accordingly, the industry provides good entry level opportunities. That said, a relatively low share of workers are aged 15 to 24 years.

Wholesale Trade is projected to have subdued employment growth over the five years to May 2022.

Educational attainment, Wholesale Trade (%)

Shows the educational attainment profile of the Wholesale Trade industry's workforce.  Bachelor degree or higher 24%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 30%. Other qualification 6%. No post-school qualification 40%.

Age profile, Wholesale Trade (%)

Shows the age profile of the Wholesale Trade workforce. 9% aged 15 to 24 years. 22% aged 25 to 34 years. 25% aged 35 to 44 years. 24% aged 45 to 54 years. 20% aged 55 years or older.

Sources: ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Census of Population and Housing; Department of Jobs and Small Business, Industry Employment Projections

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