Retail Trade

This image shows 32% of jobs are regional. 31% of workers are aged 15 to 24 years. 11% of workers are self-employed.

 18% of workers hold a bachelor degree or higher. 26% of workers hold a certificate 3 or higher qualification. 5% of workers hold an other qualification. 52% of workers do not hold a post-school qualification.

Annual Employment Growth (%)

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

Occupation
General Sales Assistants
Retail Managers
Checkout Operators and Office Cashiers
Shelf Fillers
Pharmacy Sales Assistants
Storepersons
Retail Supervisors
Motor Vehicle and Vehicle Parts Salespersons
Pharmacists
Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks
Motor Mechanics
Sales Representatives
Butchers and Smallgoods Makers
Advertising, Public Relations and Sales Managers
General Clerks
Service Station Attendants
Bakers and Pastrycooks
Delivery Drivers
Information Officers
Forklift Drivers

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.