Retail is Australia’s second largest industry employing one in ten working Australians.
Supermarket and Grocery Stores have the largest numbers of Retail workers (300,500), followed by Pharmaceutical and Other Store-Based Retailing (168,900) and Clothing, Footwear and Personal Accessory Retailing (157,200).
Over the five years to November 2016, employment increased by 28,700 or 2.4.
Women and young people are well represented. Almost one third of workers are aged under 25 (suggesting there are good opportunities for entry to the labour market) and 55% of workers are female.
There is a similar number of full-time and part-time jobs (which provide the basis for an ongoing career or combining work and study).
More than half the workers are Sales Workers.
About 52% of the workforce does not have post-school qualifications and there were 15,600 apprentices and trainees in this industry in 2016.
Top 5 Occupations
- General Sales Assistants 375,000
- Retail Managers 147,700
- Checkout Operators and Office Cashiers 112,000
- Shelf Fillers 59,200
- Pharmacy Sales Assistants 38,600
*Source Australian Jobs 2017