More than 8 in 10 automotive bosses say that since Covid they have struggled to fill vacancies for skilled workers, reveals survey

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15th June 2022 16:17 - Automotive

More than 8 in 10 automotive bosses say that since Covid they have struggled to fill vacancies for skilled workers: A survey has revealed more about the skills shortage within the automotive industry; reportedly the industry sector with the UK's sixth highest vacancy rate. It revealed that more than eight in 10 automotive bosses have found it increasingly more challenging to fill vacancies for skilled roles since start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Conducted on behalf of Autotech Recruit, the survey asked leaders about their experiences with recruitment as well as their company's future plans. It found that of all the roles advertised, workshop and technical jobs were the most difficult to fill, with 90% reporting it was an issue for them.

The survey also found that just a fifth of companies had a majority workforce of technicians under the age of 29 years, while almost two-thirds (65%) employed technicians over the age of 30 years. A positive finding of the research was that the majority of companies polled had plans to hire apprentices (61%).

Simon King, MD of Autotech Group, said of the research:

“The skills shortage within the automotive industry is certainly not a new problem – it’s a direct consequence of years of under investment in training and recruiting younger generations. However, Brexit and the pandemic has exacerbated the issue, which is clearly illustrated within the results of our survey."

With more electric vehicles expected on the roads in the coming years, the survey revealed a lack of training in this area, with a third of respondents revealing their staff had received no EV training, while just 4% said that all of their technicians were trained to Level 2 electric/hybrid vehicle standard.

"As an industry, we specifically need to harness the talent of automotive college leavers who lack experience in the garage environment," continued King.

“We need to be more open to recruiting inexperienced young technicians with a view to helping them connect their theoretical knowledge to the work environment, to ensure they don’t disappear into other industries straight after college.”

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