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.

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Around one in four workers have finished high school. Even with a qualification, sometimes experience or on-the-job training is necessary.

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

Job Titles

  • Production Clerk
  • Purchasing or Procurement Officer
  • Stock Clerk
  • Warehouse Administrator
  • Order Clerk
  • Production Clerk (also called Production Recorder or Schedule Clerk)

    Records and coordinates the flow of work and materials between departments, examines orders for goods, and prepares production schedules.

    Specialisations: Delivery Clerk, Logistics Clerk

  • Purchasing or Procurement Officer

    Prepares purchase orders, monitors supply sources and negotiates contracts with suppliers.

  • Stock Clerk (also called Stock Control Clerk or Stores Clerk)

    Monitors stock levels and maintains stock, order and inventory records.

    Specialisations: Inventory Clerk, Supply Clerk

  • Warehouse Administrator

    Administers and coordinates storage and distribution operations within an organisation.

  • Order Clerk (also called Customer Orders Clerk or Sales Order Clerk)

    Receives and processes incoming orders for goods and services from inside or outside an organisation.

    Specialisations: Internal Salesperson, Mail Order Clerk

Fast Facts

  • $1,150 Weekly Pay
  • 83,700 workers Employment Size
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 81.8% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 39.4 hours Average full-time
  • 40 years Average age
  • 42.2% female Gender Share

The number of Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks stayed fairly stable over the past 5 years and is expected to stay fairly stable over the next 5 years:
from 83,700 in 2017 to 86,100 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 46,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a very large occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2017.
  • Location: Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Retail Trade; Wholesale Trade; and Manufacturing.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn around $1,150 per week (similar to the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (81.8%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 39.4 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 40 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 42.2% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
200774900
200890600
200986000
201084600
201183300
201285600
201388300
201488200
201583500
201686400
201783700
202286100

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. 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 Earnings11501230

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Retail Trade26.4
Wholesale Trade18.7
Manufacturing16.2
Transport, Postal and Warehousing12.8
Other Industries25.9

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: 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
NSW32.831.6
VIC29.726.2
QLD17.819.7
SA5.96.7
WA10.510.8
TAS1.22.0
NT1.01.1
ACT1.31.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: 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
15-193.0-5.25.2
20-247.3-9.99.9
25-3426.6-23.623.6
35-4424.0-21.721.7
45-5422.3-20.820.8
55-599.8-8.88.8
60-645.4-6.06.0
65 and Over1.7-4.04.0

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the 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 Certificate5.2-8.68.6
Bachelor degree15.7-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma10.7-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV22-18.918.9
Year 1224.4-18.718.7
Years 11 & 1020.2-17.717.7
Below Year 101.8-8.18.1

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job.
Around one in four workers have finished high school. Even with a qualification, sometimes experience or on-the-job training is necessary.

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

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
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Employers look for Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks who interact well with others, are organised, trustworthy and responsible.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Clerical

    82% Important

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

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    81% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  3. Administration and Management

    77% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

  4. English Language

    71% Important

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

  5. Mathematics

    66% Important

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Interacting With Computers

    93% Important

    Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  2. Getting Information

    91% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  3. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    82% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  4. Processing Information

    80% Important

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  5. Performing Administrative Activities

    77% Important

    Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.

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