Wholesale Trade

Australian Jobs 2021

Wholesale Trade

Annual Employment Growth (%)

Wholesalers do not usually have a shop front to sell their items; they are the middle step between producers and retailers. It is one of the smaller employing industries, with employment mainly located in the capital cities along Australia’s east coast.

While close to 40% of this workforce does not have post-school qualifications, only a small share of this industry are younger workers (8% are aged 15 to 24 years).

Top employing occupations

Occupations This industry All industries
Storepersons 28,600 137,900
Importers, Exporters and Wholesalers 20,800 25,800
Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks 20,700 94,000
Advertising, Public Relations and Sales Managers 20,400 156,500
General Sales Assistants 19,500 586,200
Sales Representatives 17,700 65,900
Retail Managers 14,200 262,500
Technical Sales Representatives 12,500 23,500
General Clerks 10,900 311,200
Forklift Drivers 9,500 61,400
Accounting Clerks 9,300 144,100
Truck Drivers 9,000 160,500
Delivery Drivers 8,200 74,900
Metal Fitters and Machinists 7,100 106,000
Office Managers 6,800 115,900
Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers 6,600 41,800
Accountants 5,500 198,100
Packers 5,100 71,300
Motor Vehicle and Vehicle Parts Salespersons 4,500 27,800
Production Managers 4,100 61,500

From June to December 2020, Wholesale Trade showed the lowest level of recruitment by any industry with just 27% of employers stating they were or had recruited in the past month. Around one in five employers in this industry also don’t advertise their vacancies, instead relying on word-of-mouth or recruiting job seekers who approach their business. Although entry level opportunities exist in every industry, positions in Wholesale Trade may be better suited to older job seekers who possess the practical experience employers seek and have the connections to find work in this industry.

Sources: ABS, Labour Force (seasonally adjusted and annual averages of original data); ABS, Characteristics of Employment; ABS, Education and Work.