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Sector Overview

In recent years, the industry has seen its fortunes transformed, with the UK becoming the fourth largest automotive producer in Europe and the 14th largest globally.

  • The sector reports an average of £55bn in annual turnover.
  • Shifts in consumer demand, regulatory requirements for safety and fuel economy, and the increased availability of data are key drivers in the sector.
  • A major challenge for the sector is that the global automotive market is uneven, with productivity varying dramatically from nation to nation.
  • The industry has received £6bn investment in the last two years.
  • OEMs should prioritise R&D and engineering projects to focus on those offering best value and differentiation and to address new safety and environmental regulations in the most cost-effective way.
  • Reacting strategically to trends and challenges will be an absolute priority for auto leaders moving forward.

Sector Details

Change is the dominant theme that dictates the future of the sector. Use of technology, economic challenges in the global market, compliance with regulation and big data are the headline issues faced by the industry.

  • We recruit a wide range of roles in automotive, from procurement and purchasing to logistics and supply chain.
  • There is a skills shortfall in R&D and innovation in the automotive sector, which is driving resourcing strategies.
  • A combination of interim / contract and permanent recruitment models will be increasingly used as employers look for commercially and operationally-savvy ways to bridge skills gaps.

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