Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks prepare and process orders for goods and services, monitor stock levels and supply sources and maintain stock and inventory levels, record and coordinate the flow of materials between departments, prepare production schedules, and administer and coordinate storage and distribution operations within organisations.

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Around one in four workers have finished high school. Even with a qualification, sometimes experience or on-the-job training is necessary.

Tasks

  • requisitioning supplies from stock and sending orders to production departments and other firms
  • confirming completion of orders and compliance with details specified, signing tally sheets and attaching to checked items
  • receiving and checking purchase requests against inventory records and stock on hand
  • examining orders and compiling data for production schedules
  • checking inventories and preparing delivery schedules
  • examining containers to ensure that they are filled, and recording quantities
  • investigating and identifying supply sources and preparing and processing purchase orders
  • providing price and other information about goods to prospective customers
  • counting incoming stock and reconciling it with requisitions, and updating inventory and stock location records
  • establishing and coordinating the operating procedures for receiving, handling, storing and shipping goods

Job Titles

  • Production Clerk
  • Purchasing or Procurement Officer
  • Stock Clerk
  • Warehouse Administrator
  • Order Clerk
  • Production Clerk (also called Production Recorder or Schedule Clerk)

    Records and coordinates the flow of work and materials between departments, examines orders for goods, and prepares production schedules.

    Specialisations: Delivery Clerk, Logistics Clerk

  • Purchasing or Procurement Officer

    Prepares purchase orders, monitors supply sources and negotiates contracts with suppliers.

  • Stock Clerk (also called Stock Control Clerk or Stores Clerk)

    Monitors stock levels and maintains stock, order and inventory records.

    Specialisations: Inventory Clerk, Supply Clerk

  • Warehouse Administrator

    Administers and coordinates storage and distribution operations within an organisation.

  • Order Clerk (also called Customer Orders Clerk or Sales Order Clerk)

    Receives and processes incoming orders for goods and services from inside or outside an organisation.

    Specialisations: Internal Salesperson, Mail Order Clerk

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $1,150 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    stable
  • Skill Level

    Certificate II or III
  • Employment Size

    87,100
  • Unemployment

    average
  • Male Share

    59.2%
  • Female Share

    40.8%
  • Full-Time Share

    83.7%

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This is a very large occupation employing 87,100 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown.
Little change in the number of jobs is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 25,001 and 50,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks work in most parts of Australia.
  • They mainly work in: Retail Trade; Wholesale Trade; and Manufacturing.
  • Full-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 38.2 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,150 per week (similar to the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The average age is 39 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Around 6 in 10 workers are male.
  • 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.
YearNumber of Workers
200583700
200681300
200782100
200885900
200985800
201083700
201188200
201285200
201387600
201486200
201587100
202085900

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsPurchasing and Supply Logistics ClerksAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings11501230

Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryPurchasing and Supply Logistics ClerksAll Jobs Average
Full-time83.768.4
Part-time16.331.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)38.240.0

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Retail Trade22.2
Wholesale Trade21.2
Manufacturing15.4
Transport, Postal and Warehousing10.5
Other Industries30.7

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, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StatePurchasing and Supply Logistics ClerksAll Jobs Average
NSW30.031.8
VIC30.725.5
QLD16.719.8
SA6.26.8
WA12.511.2
TAS1.32.0
NT1.11.1
ACT1.51.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketPurchasing and Supply Logistics ClerksAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.6-5.45.4
20-2410.0-9.99.9
25-3427.1-23.423.4
35-4423.1-21.721.7
45-5420.6-21.121.1
55-5910.4-8.78.7
60-645.0-5.95.9
65 and Over2.3-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryPurchasing and Supply Logistics ClerksCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males59.2Males53.6
Females40.8Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationPurchasing and Supply Logistics ClerksAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate5.2-8.68.6
Bachelor degree15.7-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma10.7-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV22.0-18.918.9
Year 1224.4-18.718.7
Years 11 & 1020.2-17.717.7
Below Year 101.8-8.18.1

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job.
Around one in four workers have finished high school. Even with a qualification, sometimes experience or on-the-job training is necessary.

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 Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks who interact well with others, are organised, trustworthy and responsible.

Knowledge

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

  1. Clerical

    82% Important

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    81% Important

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

  3. Administration and Management

    77% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

  4. English Language

    71% Important

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

  5. Mathematics

    66% Important

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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Activities

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

  1. Interacting With Computers

    93% Important

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

  2. Getting Information

    91% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  3. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    82% Important

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

  4. Processing Information

    80% Important

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

  5. Performing Administrative Activities

    77% Important

    Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.

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