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

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • 5,300 workers Employment Size
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • Higher unemployment Unemployment
  • 92.7% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42.7 hours Average full-time
  • 41.5 years Average age
  • 47.3% female Gender Share

The number of Retail and Wool Buyers grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow moderately over the next 5 years:
from 5,300 in 2017 to 5,800 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 3,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was above average in 2017.
  • Location: Retail and Wool Buyers work in many regions of Australia. Many work in Victoria.
  • Industries: Most work in Retail Trade; Wholesale Trade; and Manufacturing.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (92.7%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%) showing part-time work may be hard to find.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42.7 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 42 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 47.3% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
20075000
20084600
20094300
20106300
20117100
20124000
20134700
20144600
20153300
20165800
20175300
20225800

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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 Trade67.6
Wholesale Trade19.8
Manufacturing5.7
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4.1
Other Industries2.8

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 2017, 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.
StateRetail and Wool BuyersAll Jobs Average
NSW32.831.6
VIC51.726.2
QLD6.719.7
SA0.96.7
WA6.010.8
TAS1.42.0
NT0.71.1
ACT0.01.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketRetail and Wool BuyersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.25.2
20-240.0-9.99.9
25-3439.1-23.623.6
35-4424.2-21.721.7
45-5420.5-20.820.8
55-5915.2-8.88.8
60-640.0-6.06.0
65 and Over0.9-4.04.0

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

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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.

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

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 13-1022.00 - Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  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.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 13-1022.00 - Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products.

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