Retail and Wool Buyers select and buy goods for resale in retail establishments, and value and buy wool sold by wool growers.

A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience is required to work in this job. Even with a qualification, sometimes additional experience or on-the-job training is needed.

Tasks

  • monitoring sales data and stock levels, and studying trade, manufacturers' and market information to keep informed of changing market conditions
  • negotiating purchase, promotion and supply arrangements with suppliers
  • designing and implementing pricing, marketing, promotional and display strategies
  • liaising with management on long-term planning and sales promotions
  • establishing working plans according to seasonal and budgetary requirements
  • anticipating consumer trends and determining quantity, style and quality of goods to be purchased
  • inspecting, comparing, selecting and valuing wool by determining colour, yield, micron and length
  • inspecting and buying wool at auction, in wool brokers' stores and in farm sheds
  • receiving samples from scoured wool exchanges
  • may visit freezing works to buy slipe wool

Job Titles

  • Retail Buyer
  • Wool Buyer
  • Retail Buyer

    Selects and buys goods for resale in a retail establishment.

    Specialisations: Merchandise Planner

  • Wool Buyer

    Values and buys wool sold by wool growers.

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    Unavailable
  • Future Growth

    very strong
  • Skill Level

    Certificate III or IV
  • Employment Size

    3,700
  • Unemployment

    average
  • Male Share

    55.0%
  • Female Share

    45.0%
  • Full-Time Share

    95.0%

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This is a very small occupation employing 3700 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has fallen.
Very strong growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create up to 5,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • While there are jobs in many parts of Australia, New South Wales and Victoria have a large share of Retail and Wool Buyers.
  • They mainly work in: Retail Trade; Wholesale Trade; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
  • Almost all work full-time. Full-time workers, on average, work 40.5 hours per week.
  • The average age is 40 years (compared to 40 for all careers).
  • Around 1 in 2 workers are female.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was similar to the average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearEmployment Level
20057400
20064900
20074200
20084800
20094200
20107700
20115400
20124700
20134700
20144600
20153700
20204400

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Careers Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

Source: ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015 cat. no. 6333.0. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsRetail and Wool BuyersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earningsn/an/a

Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016.
CategoryRetail and Wool BuyersAll Jobs Average
Full-time86.569
Part-time13.530.8
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)44.940.2

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Retail Trade68.8
Wholesale Trade24.5
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4.5
Manufacturing2.1
Other Industries0.1

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016.
StateRetail and Wool BuyersAll Jobs Average
NSW50.931.8
VIC41.425.5
QLD3.519.8
SA2.96.7
WA1.411.1
TAS0.02
NT0.01.1
ACT0.01.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016.
Age BracketRetail and Wool BuyersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.45.4
20-245.8-9.99.9
25-3435.0-23.323.3
35-4422.6-21.621.6
45-5421.6-21.121.1
55-596.1-8.68.6
60-645.8-5.95.9
65 and Over3.1-3.73.7

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016.
CategoryRetail and Wool BuyersCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males45.9Males53.8
Females54.1Females46.1

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

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A Year 10 Certificate, Certificate I, or a short period of on-the-job training is sometimes needed, but is not necessary to work in this job.
If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Retail and Wool Buyers who interact well with others, provide good customer service and are reliable.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Sales and Marketing

    76% Important

    Showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    75% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  3. English Language

    72% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  4. Mathematics

    71% Important

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Administration and Management

    68% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Getting Information

    84% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  2. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    81% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  3. Interacting With Computers

    80% Important

    Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  4. Processing Information

    78% Important

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  5. Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

    76% Important

    Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.

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