The British Automotive Industry
For the last 29 months, the UK automotive industry has seen a consistent rise in sales, and it has been predicted the sales of new cars in Britain will reach 2.45 million this year. Trades of new cars in the UK exceeded 172,000 in July 2014 alone, contributing to the automotive industry being one of the superlative areas of the British economy.
As a result, in the UK the automotive industry has seen a significant rise in jobs with the sector exceeding 750,000 current employees in recent years due to the surge in production of new models. The British auto trade is best known for its quality car marques such as Bentley
, Jaguar Land Rover and Rolls Royce, and it has been predicted that vehicle production in the UK could surpass 2 million a year by 2017.
The automotive sector is renowned for employing contractors who are able to work on current projects and new models until the development is complete. However, due to the surge in demand for new cars such as the Bentley SUV and the Jaguar F Type, permanent roles are becoming increasingly available for engineers, technicians and designers.
has also shown that permanent placements in professional recruitment sectors have increased by 33% since last year, and the engineering sector specifically has grown by 41%. With such a dramatic increase in vacancies and placements, permanent roles in the automotive sector are consistently increasing in the UK, exceeding 44,000 in 2013 alone. Figures show that the majority of automotive businesses in the UK are increasing their permanent members of staff due to high demand for new vehicles. For example, there were over 3000 new jobs created in 2014 at Jaguar Land Rover, and over 250 new jobs were created at Aston Martin.
The Future of Permanent Automotive Roles
The demand for permanent employees within the automotive sector is rapidly increasing. James Reed
, the Chairman of job board Reed, described the 2014 job market by saying, “‘Property, construction, leisure, hospitality and automotive are the fastest growing sectors.” There will always be a demand for contractors within the automotive industry, but permanent roles are expected to take the lead in coming years in order for businesses to stay ahead of their competitors with advanced and economical vehicles. In addition to this, the UK’s top three best selling cars are models originating from 1976, meaning permanent engineers are needed for developing and improving the models over time.
Permanent automotive roles are at an industry high; if you are a contractor looking for a permanent role, or you are simply looking for a change in sector and automotive appeals to you, you can take a look at our current opportunities here