Cost Clerks calculate and investigate the cost of wages, materials, overheads and other operating expenses.
Calculates, analyses and investigates the costs of proposed expenditure, wages and standard costs.
Prepares bank reconciliations.
Allocates expenditure to specified budget accounts.
Summarises expenditure and receipts.
Prepares records of standard costs and values for items such as raw materials and packaging supplies.
Records cost variations and contract price movements.
Compiles cost data for preparation of operating budgets, and profit and loss calculations.
Investigates the costs of proposed expenditures, quotations and estimates.
Prepares reports of total costs, inventory adjustments and selling prices and profits.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
JSA 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, Accounting Clerks, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 88% of people employed as Cost Clerks work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 22 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 43 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to 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.
Cost Clerks work in industries like:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Cost Clerks||All Jobs Average|
Around 67% of Cost Clerks live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
Western Australia and Queensland have a large share of employment relative to their population size.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
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.
Age and gender
The median age of Cost Clerks is 42 years. This is similar to the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 35 to 44 years.
Females make up 23% of the workforce. This is 25 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)
|Age Bracket||Cost Clerks||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||4.9||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
Formal qualifications are not essential to work as a Cost Clerk. Although some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification or university degree in engineering and construction.
- Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
- ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
- AAPathways website to explore Financial Services VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Cost Clerks||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||6.2||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||6.7||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 Accounting Clerks who can work well with others, communicate as part of a team and have good computer literacy.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Reading work related information.
Talking to others.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
41%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
41%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
41%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Using maths to solve problems.
Looking for ways to help people.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
30%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Teaching people how to do something.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
51%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
46%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
41%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
32%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
22%Medicine and dentistry
Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.
21%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
19%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
19%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
17%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
15%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
13%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
6%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
45%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Read and understand written information.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.
43%Working with numbers
Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.
Write in a way that people can understand.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
32%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
30%Speed of recognition
Quickly make sense of and organize things you can see like letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Remember things like words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
70%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
64%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
61%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
56%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
56%Working with the public
Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.
54%Providing office support
Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.
54%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
52%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
49%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
49%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
47%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
47%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
46%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
45%Negotiating and resolving conflicts
Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.
45%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
41%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
40%Helping and caring for others
Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.
40%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
28%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
25%Leading and encouraging a team
Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
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 are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
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.
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.
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.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
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.
99%Repeating same tasks
Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.
Talk on the telephone.
94%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
93%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
93%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
93%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
Talk with people face-to-face.
85%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
Use electronic mail.
Work to strict deadlines.
78%Making repetitive motions
Spend time making repetitive motions.
Work with people in a group or team.
78%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
74%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
71%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
70%Angry or unpleasant people
Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.
67%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
67%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
63%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 43-3021.02 - Billing, Cost, and Rate Clerks.
Links and downloads
Research and reports
The Skills Priority List provides a current labour market rating and a future demand rating for nearly 800 occupations nationally. Current labour market ratings are available for occupations at a state and territory level.
Occupation profiles data are available for download.
The Employment Projections are available for download.