Auctioneers

ANZSCO ID 611111

Overview

Snapshot

Employed
630
Future Growth
N/A
Weekly Earnings
N/A
Full-Time Share
83%
Female Share
11%
Average age
46

Summary

Auctioneers conduct sales of real estate, goods and livestock by taking offers from buyers and accepting the highest purchase price.

Tasks

  • Appraises and lists property for auction.

  • Organises advertising, catalogues and other publicity for auctions.

  • Consults vendors and sets reserve prices.

  • Describes property presented and the conditions of sale.

  • Asks for or sets opening bids.

  • Accepts bids from potential buyers.

  • Closes sales to the highest bidders.

Characteristics

Job Type
Sales Workers
Skill Level
Medium skill
ANZSCO Occupation group
Unemployment Rate
n/a
Industries
Pathway(s)
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET)
  • Informal or on-the-job
Interests
  • Creative
  • Enterprising
  • Helping
Physical Demand
  • Sedentary
  • Light

Outlook

Employment Outlook

The NSC produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Auctioneers, and Stock and Station Agents, under the outlook section.


Earnings and hours

Working arrangements

  • Around 83% of people employed as Auctioneers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 17 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).

    Full-time workers work an average of 49 hours per week in their main job. This is 5 hours more than the all jobs average (44 hours per week).

    Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.


Industries

Main industries

1
Wholesale Trade
56.3%
2
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services
19.8%
3
Retail Trade
10.5%
4
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
2.2%
5
Other industries
4.0%

Regions

Employment across Australia

NSW

34.7% All occupations: 31.6%

VIC

22.5% All occupations: 25.6%

QLD

21.9% All occupations: 20.0%

SA

9.0% All occupations: 7.0%

WA

6.8% All occupations: 10.8%

TAS

2.4% All occupations: 2.0%

NT

0.8% All occupations: 1.0%

ACT

1.9% All occupations: 1.9%

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

State Auctioneers All Jobs Average
NSW 34.7 31.6
VIC 22.5 25.6
QLD 21.9 20.0
SA 9.0 7.0
WA 6.8 10.8
TAS 2.4 2.0
NT 0.8 1.0
ACT 1.9 1.9


  • Around 61% of Auctioneers live in capital cities, similar to the all jobs average of 62%.

    New South Wales has a large share of employment relative to its population size.

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Worker profile

Age and gender

Age In Years
46
All Jobs Average is 40
Female Share
11%
All Jobs Average is 48%
  • The median age of Auctioneers is 46 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.

    A large share of workers are aged 35 to 44 years.

    Females make up 11% of the workforce. This is 37 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age Bracket Auctioneers All Jobs Average
15-19 0.5 5.0
20-24 4.5 9.3
25-34 17.3 22.9
35-44 23.6 22.0
45-54 23.1 21.6
55-59 10.4 9.0
60-64 9.0 6.0
65 and Over 11.7 4.2
Median Age 46 40

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Employment Pathways

Education, training and experience

Formal qualifications are not essential to work as an Auctioneer. Although some workers have a certificate III or IV in real estate practice or property services.

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Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: 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 Qualification Auctioneers All Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 2.7 10.1
Bachelor degree 12.3 21.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma 12.4 11.6
Certificate III/IV 23.6 21.1
Year 12 27.2 18.1
Year 11 7.0 4.8
Year 10 and below 14.8 12.5

Source: 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.


Skills and Knowledge

Employers look for Auctioneers, and Stock and Station Agents who are well presented, can communicate with a diverse range of people and provide good customer service.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  • 57%

    Speaking

    Talking to others.

  • 50%

    Reading comprehension

    Reading work related information.

  • 46%

    Active listening

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  • 43%

    Monitoring

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  • 43%

    Social perceptiveness

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  • 41%

    Active learning

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  • 41%

    Coordination with others

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  • 41%

    Critical thinking

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  • 41%

    Serving others

    Looking for ways to help people.

  • 41%

    Writing

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  • 39%

    Complex problem solving

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  • 37%

    Persuasion

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  • 36%

    Time management

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  • 34%

    Judgment and decision making

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  • 29%

    Negotiation

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  • 25%

    Instructing

    Teaching people how to do something.

  • 25%

    Operation monitoring

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  • 25%

    Systems analysis

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  • 21%

    Systems evaluation

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  • 18%

    Quality control analysis

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.


Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  • 60%

    Communications and media

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  • 57%

    English language

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

  • 55%

    Computers and electronics

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  • 51%

    Sales and marketing

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  • 46%

    Fine arts

    Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

  • 45%

    Customer and personal service

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

  • 43%

    Education and training

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  • 38%

    Psychology

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  • 36%

    Telecommunications

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  • 35%

    Clerical

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

  • 33%

    Law and government

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  • 29%

    Transportation

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  • 28%

    Personnel and human resources

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  • 27%

    Public safety and security

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  • 26%

    Administration and management

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

  • 23%

    Sociology and anthropology

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  • 22%

    Foreign language

    Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

  • 21%

    Mathematics

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  • 19%

    Technical design

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  • 19%

    Engineering and technology

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.


Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities..

  • 59%

    Speech clarity

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  • 57%

    Oral comprehension

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  • 57%

    Oral expression

    Communicate by speaking.

  • 52%

    Written comprehension

    Read and understand written information.

  • 50%

    Far vision

    See details that are far away.

  • 48%

    Speech recognition

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  • 46%

    Near vision

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  • 43%

    Auditory attention

    Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.

  • 43%

    Flexibility of closure

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  • 43%

    Selective attention

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  • 41%

    Brainstorming

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  • 41%

    Categorising

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  • 41%

    Deductive reasoning

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  • 41%

    Hearing sensitivity

    Tell the difference between sounds.

  • 41%

    Inductive reasoning

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  • 41%

    Multitasking

    Do two or more things at the same time.

  • 41%

    Problem spotting

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  • 41%

    Sorting or ordering

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  • 39%

    Originality

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  • 39%

    Written expression

    Write in a way that people can understand.


Activities

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

  • 69%

    Building good relationships

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  • 63%

    Working with the public

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  • 61%

    Communicating within a team

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 55%

    Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  • 53%

    Thinking creatively

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  • 51%

    Looking for changes over time

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  • 50%

    Communicating with the public

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 48%

    Making decisions and solving problems

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  • 44%

    Working with computers

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  • 43%

    Researching and investigating

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  • 42%

    Planning and prioritising work

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  • 40%

    Influencing people

    Convincing people to buy something or to change their minds or actions.

  • 39%

    Monitoring people, processes and things

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  • 36%

    Assessing and evaluating things

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  • 35%

    Scheduling work and activities

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  • 35%

    Checking compliance with standards

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  • 33%

    Explaining things to people

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  • 29%

    Checking for errors or defects

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  • 29%

    Collecting and organising information

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

  • 26%

    Guiding and directing staff

    Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.


Interests and demands

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  • 86%

    Helping

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  • 81%

    Enterprising

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  • 57%

    Creative

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  • 29%

    Administrative

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  • 24%

    Practical

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  • 14%

    Analytical

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.


Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
  • 71%

    Relationships

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  • 62%

    Independence

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  • 52%

    Achievement

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  • 48%

    Recognition

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  • 48%

    Working conditions

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  • 29%

    Support

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.


Demands

The physical and social demands that workers face most often are shown below:
  • 91%

    Public speaking

    Talk to a group of people.

  • 88%

    Contact with people

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  • 86%

    Face-to-face discussions

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  • 81%

    Teamwork

    Work with people in a group or team.

  • 80%

    Time pressure

    Work to strict deadlines.

  • 79%

    Freedom to make decisions

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  • 79%

    Unstructured work

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  • 79%

    Indoors, heat controlled

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  • 77%

    Being exact or accurate

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  • 77%

    Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  • 77%

    Physically close to people

    Work physically close to other people.

  • 73%

    Contact with the public

    Work with customers or the public.

  • 73%

    Impact of decisions

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  • 73%

    Telephone

    Talk on the telephone.

  • 72%

    Frequent decision making

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  • 68%

    Spend time standing

    Spend time standing at work.

  • 68%

    Competition

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  • 67%

    Lead or coordinate a team

    Lead others to do work activities.

  • 67%

    Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  • 64%

    Electronic mail

    Use electronic mail.

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