Wool Buyers value and buy wool sold by wool growers.

    A formal qualification or extensive experience is needed to work as a Wool Buyer. A course in wool classing might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • Monitors sales data and stock levels, and studies trade, manufacturers' and market information to keep informed of changing market conditions.
    • Negotiates purchase, promotion and supply arrangements with suppliers.
    • Designs and implements pricing, marketing, promotional and display strategies.
    • Liaises with management on long-term planning and sales promotions.
    • Inspects, compares, selects and values wool by determining colour, yield, micron and length.
    • Inspects and buys wool at auction, in wool brokers' stores and in farm sheds.
    • Receives samples from scoured wool exchanges.
    • May visit freezing works to buy slipe wool.

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    • $1,810 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Wool Buyers

    • 210 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 80% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 46 hours Average full-time
    • 53 years Average age
    • 4% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Wool Buyers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 220 in 2011 to 210 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Many Wool Buyers work in Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia.
    • Industries: They work in many industries such as Wholesale Trade; Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; and Manufacturing.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (80%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 46 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 53 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (81%).
    • Gender: 4% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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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)
    Wholesale Trade85.2
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing13.3
    Manufacturing1.5

    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.
    StateWool BuyersAll Jobs Average
    NSW22.931.6
    VIC37.625.6
    QLD1.420.0
    SA15.17.0
    WA19.310.8
    TAS3.72.0
    NT0.01.0
    ACT0.01.9

    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 BracketWool BuyersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-241.5-9.39.3
    25-346.4-22.922.9
    35-4410.8-22.022.0
    45-5438.2-21.621.6
    55-5917.2-9.09.0
    60-647.4-6.06.0
    65 and Over18.6-4.24.2

    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 QualificationWool BuyersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree7.5-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma12.1-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV51.4-21.121.1
    Year 125.8-18.118.1
    Year 116.9-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below16.2-12.512.5

    A formal qualification or extensive experience is needed to work as a Wool Buyer. A course in wool classing might be helpful.

    Membership with Australian Wool Exchange may be useful.

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      68% Skill level

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

    2. Customer and Personal Service

      67% Skill level

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

    3. Mathematics

      66% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    4. Computers and Electronics

      65% Skill level

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    5. English Language

      62% Skill level

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

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