Australia’s economy and jobs market will take time to rebound from the impacts of COVID-19. While Retail Trade was one of the most severely affected industries, businesses are gradually reopening and transitioning to new ways of working. Despite these challenges, Retail Trade remains Australia’s second largest employing industry.
Top Employing Occupations
|General Sales Assistants|
|Checkout Operators and Office Cashiers|
|Pharmacy Sales Assistants|
|Motor Vehicle and Vehicle Parts Salespersons|
|Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks|
|Butchers and Smallgoods Makers|
|Advertising, Public Relations and Sales Managers|
|Service Station Attendants|
|Bakers and Pastrycooks|
Retail Trade employs more young people than most other industries. This is because entry level roles within the industry generally do not require prior experience or qualifications, with more than half of the workers having no post-school qualifications. Many occupations in the industry can also provide flexible hours, allowing work around school and other commitments.
It is important to remember that jobs in this industry might not always be formally advertised. When looking for work in Retail Trade, remember to ask friends, family and any other contacts if they are aware of any job opportunities. Opportunities might be available by word of mouth, or via signs in shop windows and through social media.
Sources: ABS, Labour Force (seasonally adjusted and annual averages of original data); ABS, Characteristics of Employment; ABS, Education and Work.