Sales Workers sell goods, services and property, and provide sales support. A large share of these workers are employed in Retail Trade (60%).
Few jobs in this group require post-school qualifications and the workforce is relatively young (38% are aged 15 to 24 years).
Top employing occupations
|General Sales Assistants|
|Checkout Operators and Office Cashiers|
|Real Estate Sales Agents|
|Motor Vehicle and Vehicle Parts Salespersons|
|Pharmacy Sales Assistants|
|Service Station Attendants|
|Other Sales Assistants and Salespersons|
|ICT Sales Assistants|
|Models and Sales Demonstrators|
|Auctioneers, and Stock and Station Agents|
|Retail and Wool Buyers|
|Street Vendors and Related Salespersons|
|Other Sales Support Workers|
These are often people’s first jobs and seven day a week trading hours for many retail stores creates part-time employment opportunities for students (57% of jobs are part-time).
Jobs are often advertised through informal methods, while some vacancies are filled through applicants approaching employers for work. Research by the NSC indicates that around 33% of employers advertise by word of mouth, 14% use social media and 12% are approached directly by a job seeker.
Self-employment is relatively rare, with around 9% of workers self-employed.
Sources: ABS, Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations; ABS, Characteristics of Employment; ABS, Education and Work; ABS, Labour Force (seasonally adjusted and annual averages of original data); National Skills Commission, Employers' Recruitment Insights.