Rental Salespersons rent goods and equipment to individuals and businesses.

Also known as: Rental Clerk.

Specialisations: Car Rental Sales Assistant, Industrial Hire Sales Assistant, Video Library Assistant.

You can work as a Rental Salesperson without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training is also available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Tasks

  • Determines customers' requirements and advises on product range, price, and availability.
  • Completes required paperwork and enters rental agreement into the computer system.
  • Processes payment.
  • Provides any necessary information to the customer.
  • Monitors state of equipment and ensures it is functioning and clean.
  • Inspects stock, appliances, equipment, vehicles and devices before they are taken out of the facility and on return.
  • Demonstrates the use of equipment.
  • Monitors, organises and catalogues stock.
  • Arranges for any required cleaning and repair work.

All Other Sales Assistants and Salespersons

  • $1,128 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment

Rental Salespersons

  • 4,400 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 59% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 35 years Average age
  • 50% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Rental Salespersons (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 8,900 in 2011 to 4,400 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Rental Salespersons work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services; Retail Trade; and Transport, Postal and Warehousing.
  • Full-time: More than half work full-time (59%, similar to the average of 66%), but there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 35 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (25%).
  • Gender: 50% 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)
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services81.4
Retail Trade5.7
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2.2
Accommodation and Food Services1.1
Other Industries9.6

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.
StateRental SalespersonsAll Jobs Average
NSW28.231.6
VIC22.625.6
QLD25.120.0
SA7.17.0
WA10.010.8
TAS3.82.0
NT1.61.0
ACT1.61.9

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 BracketRental SalespersonsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-1910.3-5.05.0
20-2414.6-9.39.3
25-3424.8-22.922.9
35-4418.3-22.022.0
45-5417.5-21.621.6
55-596.1-9.09.0
60-644.9-6.06.0
65 and Over3.4-4.24.2

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 QualificationRental SalespersonsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.9-10.110.1
Bachelor degree10.3-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma9.9-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV19.4-21.121.1
Year 1232.2-18.118.1
Year 118.3-4.84.8
Year 10 and below17.0-12.512.5

You can work as a Rental Salesperson without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training is also available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

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 Retail Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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Employers look for Sales Assistants and Sales Persons who interact well with others, provide good customer service and have an enthusiastic and positive attitude.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    50% Skill level

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

  2. Computers and electronics

    48% Skill level

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

  3. Sales and marketing

    48% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  4. Mathematics

    45% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Administration and management

    44% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

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Demands

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

  1. Telephone

    99% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  2. Contact with people

    98% Important

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

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    92% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Teamwork

    84% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  5. Unstructured work

    84% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

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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, 41-2021.00 - Counter and Rental Clerks.

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