Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks prepare and process orders for goods and services, monitor stock levels and supply sources and maintain stock and inventory levels, record and coordinate the flow of materials between departments, prepare production schedules, and administer and coordinate storage and distribution operations within organisations.

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

    Tasks

    • requisitioning supplies from stock and sending orders to production departments and other firms
    • confirming completion of orders and compliance with details specified, signing tally sheets and attaching to checked items
    • receiving and checking purchase requests against inventory records and stock on hand
    • examining orders and compiling data for production schedules
    • checking inventories and preparing delivery schedules
    • examining containers to ensure that they are filled, and recording quantities
    • investigating and identifying supply sources and preparing and processing purchase orders
    • providing price and other information about goods to prospective customers
    • counting incoming stock and reconciling it with requisitions, and updating inventory and stock location records
    • establishing and coordinating the operating procedures for receiving, handling, storing and shipping goods

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    • $1,251 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 95,800 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 83% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 42 hours Average full-time
    • 41 years Average age
    • 44% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks (in their main job) grew strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow over the next 5 years:
    from 95,800 in 2018 to 100,100 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 55,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 11,000 a year).

    • Size: This is a very large occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Retail Trade; Wholesale Trade; and Manufacturing.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,251 per week (below the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (83%, much 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 41 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 44% 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
    200890700
    200986100
    201084600
    201183300
    201285700
    201388300
    201488400
    201585600
    201687300
    201785900
    201895800
    2023100100

    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.
    EarningsPurchasing and Supply Logistics ClerksAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings12511460

    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 Trade21.3
    Wholesale Trade18.1
    Manufacturing16.5
    Transport, Postal and Warehousing9.3
    Other Industries34.8

    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.
    StatePurchasing and Supply Logistics ClerksAll Jobs Average
    NSW31.631.6
    VIC27.625.6
    QLD19.720.0
    SA6.37.0
    WA11.210.8
    TAS1.42.0
    NT0.81.0
    ACT1.31.9

    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 BracketPurchasing and Supply Logistics ClerksAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-191.7-5.05.0
    20-247.7-9.39.3
    25-3425.3-22.922.9
    35-4425.1-22.022.0
    45-5423.1-21.621.6
    55-598.9-9.09.0
    60-645.5-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.5-4.24.2

    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 QualificationPurchasing and Supply Logistics ClerksAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate5.2-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree14.8-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma12.6-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV19.1-21.121.1
    Year 1226.5-18.118.1
    Year 117.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below14.8-12.512.5

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

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • high risk work licence
    • forklift licence
    • driver's licence

    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 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.

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

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Clerical

      75% Skill level

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

    2. Customer and Personal Service

      65% Skill level

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

    3. Administration and Management

      64% Skill level

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

    4. English Language

      60% Skill level

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

    5. Mathematics

      58% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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    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. Electronic Mail

      100% Important

      How often do you use electronic mail?

    2. Telephone

      99% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

    3. Contact With Others

      97% Important

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

    4. Work With Work Group or Team

      92% Important

      How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

    5. Face-to-Face Discussions

      92% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

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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, 43-3061.00 - Procurement Clerks.

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