Sales Workers

This image shows that there were 1,155,500 people employed as Sales Workers as at November 2017, up 4.7% since November 2016 and 8.3% since November 2012. Employment is projected to grow by 3.6% over the five years to May 2022.
31% of jobs are regional (down 1 percentage point over 5 years).
61% of workers are female (down 2 percentage points over 5 years).
43% of workers hold post-school qualifications (up 5 percentage points over 5 years).
56% of jobs are part-time (down 1 percentage point over 5 years).
The median age is 31 years (no change over 5 years).

Top 5 Sales Worker Occupations

Top 5 Sales Worker Occupations
Occupation Number
General Sales Assistants 553,200
Checkout Operators and Office Cashiers 141,600
Real Estate Sales Agents 102,400
Sales Representatives 84,800
Retail Supervisors 42,300

Employment, Sales Workers (‘000)

This line chart shows the number of people employed in the Sales Workers occupation group over the period from November 1997 to November 2017. The chart shows employment increased steadily over this period to 1,155,500 in November 2017.

Sales Workers sell goods, services and property, and provide sales support. 60% of these workers are employed in Retail Trade. Over the past five years, 88,400 new jobs were created. The number of Sales Worker jobs advertised on the Internet remained steady over the past last 5 years, although these positions are advertised in other media and through informal methods, while some vacancies are filled through applicants approaching employers for work.

Few jobs in this group require post-school qualifications and the workforce is relatively young. These jobs are often people’s first employment and the seven day a week trading hours of many retail stores present part-time work opportunities for students.

Sales Workers employment is projected to grow by around 3.6% over the five years to May 2022.

Educational attainment, Sales Workers (%)

Shows the educational attainment profile of the Sales Workers workforce.  Bachelor degree or higher 13%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 22%. Other qualification 8%. No post-school qualification 57%.

Age profile, Sales Workers (%)

Shows the age profile of the Sales Workers workforce. 36% aged 15 to 24 years. 19% aged 25 to 34 years. 15% aged 35 to 44 years. 16% aged 45 to 54 years. 14% aged 55 years or older.

Quick fact
11% of Sales Workers are secondary school students

Sources: ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Census of Population and Housing; ABS, Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations; Department of Jobs and Small Business, Occupation Employment Projections; Department of Jobs and Small Business, Internet Vacancy Index

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