Sales Workers

The Sales Workers graphic shows 31% of jobs are regional. 38% of workers are aged 15 to 24 years. 9% of workers are self-employed.

The Sales Workers graphic shows 17% of workers hold a bachelor degree or higher.21 % of workers hold a certificate 3 or higher qualification. 6% of workers hold an other qualification. 56% of workers do not hold a post-school qualification.

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
Sales Representatives
Retail Supervisors
Motor Vehicle and Vehicle Parts Salespersons
Pharmacy Sales Assistants
Insurance Agents
Service Station Attendants
Other Sales Assistants and Salespersons
ICT Sales Assistants
Ticket Salespersons
Models and Sales Demonstrators
Auctioneers, and Stock and Station Agents
Retail and Wool Buyers
Street Vendors and Related Salespersons
Visual Merchandisers
Other Sales Support Workers

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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.