Skills shortages in the motor industry are set to increase, heading for 160,000 vacancies by 2031, if immediate action isn’t taken.

Axiom Personnel has been supplying a skilled workforce to some of the largest manufacturing automotive plants in the area and these new figures released are very concerning for an industry which is already having to go through immense changes in the manufacturing process moving from carbon fuel to electric and hydrogen vehicles, with challenging targets set by the government of 2030.

In March 2022 there were only 1 in every 80 cars powered by electricity with the government target of 1 in 3 by 2030.

The industry has suffered from decreased migration and an ageing workforce with many skilled employees leaving as part of the Great Resignation, over the last 2 years.

The manufacturing arm of the motor vehicle industry currently employs around 162,000 in the UK (2020) with  846,000 employed in the wider automotive industry (2018)

The industry forecasts growth in jobs for the next 10 years with future forecasts dropping as AI and technology automates many of the labour-intensive roles and robotics replaces those tasks, manufacturing will be at the forefront of those changes with jobs like Vehicle Paint Technicians and Vehicle Body Builders disappearing.

But for now, the industry is forecasting severe skills gaps and shortages over the next 10 years in line with growth.

Our team of expert recruiters understand the challenges faced in the industry and can work on supporting your recruitment drives by partnering with your HR department and departmental heads in finding candidates for your unfilled vacancies.

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