Hot Spots for Retail Jobs in Australia

Are you looking for a job in retail and wondering where to find these job opportunities? Read our blog post on the 4 best locations for retail jobs in Australia.



Retail is one of the biggest sectors of the Australian economy, employing over one in ten working Aussies and contributing more than $265 billion into the economy annually. It is a vibrant and growing industry adapting to rapid changes brought about by the explosion of online retail over the past decade and the increasingly frequent launch of big-name global retail brands from overseas opening up stores on our shores. It’s a great industry to begin your career in and retail jobs remain plentiful across the nation; however there are a few standout locations in Australia where jobs in this industry are more heavily concentrated than others and the choice of employers is greatest for those considering this particular career path. These 4 best locations to find a retail job in Australia are:

 Where to Find a Job in Retail:

1. Sydney City

Sydney is Australia’s biggest city, so it comes as no surprise it’s also home to the highest concentration of retail jobs in the country. Main thoroughfares such as George and Pitt Street are lined by thousands of shopfronts ranging from fashion retailers to electronic stores and beyond. Of particular note is the stately QVB (Queen Victoria Building) on George Street across from Sydney Town Hall and the upmarket Westfield Sydney, which is located at the corner of Pitt and Market Streets. According to Payscale.com, Sydney also has the highest median salary when compared with all other major Australian cities, which makes it an attractive location for those wanting to find job opportunities in the retail industry.

2. Melbourne City

With its elegant laneways and historic Victorian-era arcades, Melbourne city is home to the second largest concentration of retail jobs in Australia, which are mainly centred on Swanston and Bourke Streets. With the recent development of Emporium Melbourne, a retail-hub which hosts a variety of big name overseas brands; or the labyrinth of laneways off Flinders Lane, home to quirky local boutiques, if you’re looking for a retail job in Melbourne, the city is a good place to start!

3. Brisbane City

As the country’s third largest city, Brisbane CBD also has one of the highest collections of retail stores of any Australian city - the majority situated around the expansive Queen Street Mall and Elizabeth Street. As with Sydney and Melbourne, the influx of additional brands into major Australian city locations, has also provided new retail jobs in Brisbane for those looking to take advantage of these additional opportunities in the industry.

4. Gold Coast
Australia’s favourite summer playground and a big drawcard for tourism, Queensland’s Gold Coast is the fourth most prolific location for retail jobs in the country, with heavy pickets of street front stores on Cavill Avenue Surfers Paradise, Robina Town Centre and the original Gold Coast shopping malls such as Australia Fair and the redeveloped Pacific Fair. The Gold Coast Bulletin reported that the influx of overseas labels has accounted for huge growth in the Gold Coast’s retail market – leading to more job opportunities.

Looking for a retail job in another Australian location? Visit our Retail Jobs page where you can view the thousands of retail jobs we currently have on offer nation-wide!

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