The UK automotive industry has undergone a rapid resurgence since its crisis during the recession. The UK is the fourth largest vehicle producer in Europe, making 1.6 million vehicles in 2013. Over 75% of the passenger cars produced in 2013 were exported.
The growth of the automotive sector is underpinned by the economic environment. Key factors include labour costs, productivity, skills base and R&D investment. The global automotive industry is forecast to grow significantly in the next few years with a strengthening trend towards premium vehicles in line with middle-class income growth in developing nations. A global shift to ultra-low emission propulsion systems and low carbon technologies will present significant opportunities for UK automotive companies.
Overall, vehicle production in the UK is expected to increase at 9% per year to 2.2 million in 2016. This growth swells demand in the supply chain and the government has identified £3bn of supply opportunities for UK-based manufacturers. Around 2,350 UK companies regard themselves as automotive suppliers, generating £4.8bn of added value annually and employing 82,000 people.
To continue to match the growth of the automotive manufacturers they supply, a surge in recruitment is expected. Being a broad sector, different skill requirements exist for the various parts of the supply chain but all are in high demand.
Employment Solutions is a well-known recruiter of both white and blue collar automotive engineering talent. We find the skilled individuals that are in demand across the sector and our consultancy team is proactive in recruitment techniques to interest, persuade and engage them with your business.