Stock Clerks monitor stock levels and maintain stock, order and inventory records.

Also known as: Stock Control Clerk or Stores Clerk.

Specialisations: Inventory Clerk, Supply Clerk.

You can work as a Stock Clerk without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A VET (Vocational Education and Training) course in business, purchasing or transport and logistics may be desirable. Traineeships may be available.

Tasks

  • Counts incoming stock and reconciles it with requisitions.
  • Updates inventory and stock location records.
  • Establishes and co-ordinates the operating procedures for receiving, handling, storing and shipping goods.

All Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks

  • $1,251 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Stock Clerks

  • 17,400 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 76% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 39 years Average age
  • 44% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Stock Clerks (in their main job) grew strongly over 5 years:
from 15,500 in 2011 to 17,400 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Location: Stock Clerks work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Retail Trade; Wholesale Trade; and Manufacturing.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (76%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 39 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 44% 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)
Retail Trade37.6
Wholesale Trade12.9
Manufacturing12.8
Transport, Postal and Warehousing6.8
Other Industries29.9

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateStock ClerksAll Jobs Average
NSW30.831.6
VIC27.225.6
QLD20.020.0
SA6.57.0
WA11.810.8
TAS1.72.0
NT1.01.0
ACT1.01.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketStock ClerksAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-193.3-5.05.0
20-2410.6-9.39.3
25-3426.0-22.922.9
35-4423.5-22.022.0
45-5420.7-21.621.6
55-598.2-9.09.0
60-645.1-6.06.0
65 and Over2.4-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: 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 QualificationStock ClerksAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate5.3-10.110.1
Bachelor degree14.7-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma11.4-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV18.0-21.121.1
Year 1228.2-18.118.1
Year 116.8-4.84.8
Year 10 and below15.6-12.512.5

You can work as a Stock Clerk without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A VET (Vocational Education and Training) course in business, purchasing or transport and logistics may be desirable. Traineeships may be available.

Thinking about study or training?

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

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Transport and Logistics Training Package VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

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

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. English language

    43% Skill level

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

  2. Production and processing

    35% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  3. Customer and personal service

    34% Skill level

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

  4. Computers and electronics

    29% Skill level

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

  5. Mathematics

    24% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 43-5081.03 - Stock Clerks- Stockroom, Warehouse, or Storage Yard.

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.

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Demands

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

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    99% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Being exact or accurate

    91% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  3. Spend time standing

    83% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  4. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    82% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  5. Contact with people

    81% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

Occupational Information Network
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, 43-5081.03 - Stock Clerks- Stockroom, Warehouse, or Storage Yard.

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