Cost Clerks calculate and investigate the cost of wages, materials, overheads and other operating expenses.

    You can work as a Cost Clerk without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Cost Clerks.

    Tasks

    • Calculates, analyses and investigates the costs of proposed expenditure, wages and standard costs.
    • Prepares bank reconciliations.
    • Allocates expenditure to specified budget accounts.
    • Summarises expenditure and receipts.
    • Prepares records of standard costs and values for items such as raw materials and packaging supplies.
    • Records cost variations and contract price movements.
    • Compiles cost data for preparation of operating budgets, and profit and loss calculations.
    • Investigates the costs of proposed expenditures, quotations and estimates.
    • Prepares reports of total costs, inventory adjustments and selling prices and profits.

    More about Accounting Clerks

    All Accounting Clerks

    • $1,190 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Cost Clerks

    • 7,600 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 88% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 42 years Average age
    • 23% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Cost Clerks (in their main job) grew moderately over 5 years:
    from 7,300 in 2011 to 7,600 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a small occupation.
    • Location: Cost Clerks work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Construction; Manufacturing; and Other Services.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (88%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 42 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 23% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Construction39.3
    Manufacturing26.2
    Other Services6.5
    Public Administration and Safety5.6
    Other Industries22.4

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateCost ClerksAll Jobs Average
    NSW26.131.6
    VIC23.925.6
    QLD24.020.0
    SA6.87.0
    WA15.010.8
    TAS1.32.0
    NT0.51.0
    ACT2.41.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketCost ClerksAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.6-5.05.0
    20-245.6-9.39.3
    25-3424.4-22.922.9
    35-4425.0-22.022.0
    45-5423.0-21.621.6
    55-599.2-9.09.0
    60-647.2-6.06.0
    65 and Over4.9-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationCost ClerksAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate6.2-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree20.6-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma13.7-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV33.4-21.121.1
    Year 1215.8-18.118.1
    Year 113.7-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below6.7-12.512.5

    You can work as a Cost Clerk without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Cost Clerks.

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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    • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Financial Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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    Employers look for Accounting Clerks who can work well with others, communicate as part of a team and have good computer literacy.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Clerical

      70% Skill level

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

    2. Customer and Personal Service

      51% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    3. Mathematics

      47% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    4. Computers and Electronics

      46% Skill level

      Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    5. English Language

      46% Skill level

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

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Repeating Same Tasks

      99% Important

      How important is it to repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping?

    2. Telephone

      99% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

    3. Spend Time Sitting

      94% Important

      How much time do you spend sitting?

    4. Contact With Others

      93% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

    5. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      93% Important

      How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

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    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 43-3021.02 - Billing, Cost, and Rate Clerks.

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