The Retail sector is one of Australia's largest employers with almost 1.5 million people employed in the industry. The industry is characterised by a high degree of casual, part time and seasonal employment.
Employers vary from small specialty retailers to large supermarkets and department stores. There are 76,600 retail businesses in Australia that employ about 10% of the nation’s workforce.
Retail trade is the largest employing industry of workers aged 15-24 years.
Apprenticeship and traineeship commencements are very high in this industry.