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July - September 2014



Buyers – Buyers with flash sales and online experience are sought given the continued emergence of online retail companies. These employers want Buyers with strong sales skills and previous experience working in a fast-paced, online retail environment.


Designers and Buyers – In addition, employers are actively looking for planners and allocators with international experience as the market is now swamped with new retailers from the UK and European market. These retailers are the go to destination for current trends. As a result, candidates who have relevant experience are always in demand.   


Accessories Buyers and Planners - Owing to our small accessories market, candidates with experience in this high-volume category are in short supply and thus highly valued.


Plannogrammers - Space planning is an area of development for many retailers. However there is a shortage of candidates with this niche experience and most come from overseas. At present employers are hiring these professionals in temporary assignments.


Design Consultants - The interior design and furniture market is growing in Sydney since an increasing number of companies from Melbourne and overseas want visibility in NSW. With showrooms opening their doors these high end furniture brands are looking for Design Consultants with strong expertise in interior design or a passion for this sector. The role involves much more than sales assistance; it involves very personalised customer service and even residential consulting in a customer’s house. This requires candidates who can deal with interior designers and architects as well as build their own portfolio of clients.


Business Managers/High Volume Department Managers – These candidates are in demand within the retail apparel space, where high volume retailers are looking for big box managers with strong experience leading larger teams. In particular demand are candidates with experience managing a number of departments under one roof as this proves their time management, multi-tasking and high volume business acumen. In addition, these candidates can easily be transferred to multi-site and state management roles given their capabilities.


Visual Merchandise Managers - These candidates are in high demand as they have rare skills. Candidates with multi-skilled backgrounds including VM degrees, experience using VM systems and graphic design programs together with creative individual flair and sales skills are always in demand.   




Candidate levels have decreased slightly as more retailers open stores.  With more international brands entering the local market, especially in Melbourne, employers are focused on partnering with a recruiter to identify candidates at a store management level who have high end, global experience.


Retail sales in Australia increased 0.2 percent in April 2014 over the previous month, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Furthermore over the five years to 2017 there will be 45,500 new jobs for retail assistants, according to the Department of Employment. This is the second-highest jobs growth of any occupation. Thus this industry maintains a positive outlook and vacancy activity should stay solid.

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