Shelf Fillers fill up shelves and display areas in stores and supermarkets.

Also known as: Night Filler.

You can work as a Shelf Filler without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in retail might be helpful.

Tasks

  • placing goods neatly in bins and on racks, and stacking bulky goods on floors
  • filling shelves with goods ensuring goods with the earliest use-by dates are at the front of shelves
  • noting what has been sold and collecting goods needed from the stockroom using a trolley
  • maintaining shelf order by removing stock belonging to a different location
  • may help customers find goods they need
  • may price goods

All Shelf Fillers

  • $1,025 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 73,000 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 20% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40 hours Average full-time
  • 25 years Average age
  • 39% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Shelf Fillers (in their main job) grew moderately the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
from 73,000 in 2018 to 79,300 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 84,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 16,800 a year).

  • Size: This is a very large occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2018.
  • Location: Shelf Fillers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Retail Trade industry.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,025 per week (lower than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (20%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 25 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (48%).
  • Gender: 39% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
200890000
200993000
201072600
201161800
201261300
201367900
201463000
201553200
201660600
201764700
201873000
202379300

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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.
EarningsShelf FillersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings10251460

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 Trade96.8
Wholesale Trade1.5
Manufacturing0.4
Accommodation and Food Services0.2
Other Industries1.1

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.
StateShelf FillersAll Jobs Average
NSW28.331.6
VIC22.325.6
QLD21.620.0
SA9.47.0
WA13.710.8
TAS2.42.0
NT0.81.0
ACT1.41.9

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 BracketShelf FillersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-1923.9-5.05.0
20-2423.6-9.39.3
25-3419.2-22.922.9
35-4413.2-22.022.0
45-5411.6-21.621.6
55-594.4-9.09.0
60-642.8-6.06.0
65 and Over1.3-4.24.2

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 QualificationShelf FillersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree7.7-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma6.1-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV11.5-21.121.1
Year 1239.2-18.118.1
Year 1110.9-4.84.8
Year 10 and below22.5-12.512.5

You can work as a Shelf Filler without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in retail might be helpful.

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.
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Employers look for Shelf Fillers who are reliable, hardworking and motivated.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    39% Skill level

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

  2. Sales and marketing

    31% Skill level

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

  3. English language

    26% Skill level

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

  4. Mathematics

    24% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Administration and management

    23% Skill level

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

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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, 43-5081.01 - Stock Clerks, Sales Floor.

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. Contact with people

    97% Important

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

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    96% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Indoors, heat controlled

    93% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  4. Spend time standing

    92% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  5. Telephone

    92% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

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, 43-5081.01 - Stock Clerks, Sales Floor.

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