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Europe vs. UK: An Automotive Industry Focus



Automotive industry focusThe global recession hit hard in 2009 and the automotive industry in particular was one of the first to suffer. Since then, we’ve seen the landscape across Europe fluctuate with automotive springing back to health in some countries such as the UK, with automotive giants Bentley and Jaguar Land Rover recently announcing the creation of thousands of new jobs. Yet, the industry in other countries has never quite recovered.

As such, we’ve been helping candidates throughout Europe capitalise on the sustained and ever accelerating growth of the UK automotive market. Here’s how and why it might be time to consider relocating to the UK.

Adaptation and flexibility
Thriving industries are adaptable by nature and the UK automotive industry has learnt this first hand by adapting to budget changes and fluctuations in skill set demands, to leverage contract engineering talent. UK automotive OEMs are huge advocates for employing contract/freelance workers and frequently hire across a broad range of projects. Assigned to work on projects sometimes lasting for up to two years, contract roles can give you the flexibility without the commitment – ideal if you’re new to the UK or relocation in general.

Another advantage to freelancing in the UK is the higher wage commonly associated with these positions, along with the exposure to new projects. By working with different organisations on a variety of projects, you can broaden your skill sets further; enabling you to apply the experience gained to future roles in the UK or back home.

Luxury British brands
Whilst France struggles, Spain and Italy move steadily and Germany excels, the UK is raising the bar in terms of overall growth. Thousands of new jobs have been created by luxury British brands. Jaguar Landrover, Bentley and Aston Martin have all reported considerable profit growth over the last 12 months alone, and are always seeking new automotive talent to push boundaries and work on exciting new projects.

This is particularly the case for candidates with skill sets in electrical and power train engineering, as currently we’re seeing a shortage of home grown candidates who specialise in these areas. Electrical engineers working for suppliers such as Valeo, Bosch and Continental AG now have the opportunity to cross over and work with UK OEMs.

Our support and expertise
At Fircroft we work with many of these luxury British brands, have an international presence, as well as extensive experience in offering advice and insight into the practicalities of relocating the UK. We’ve worked with candidates who’ve received job offers from many of the renowned British manufacturers in the space of just one day, simply by offering the right level of support and preparation to excel in a telephone interview.

Get in touch with one of our recruitment consultants to find out about relocating to the UK or simply take a look at the latest automotive contract roles on the site.
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