Automotive manufacturing in the UK has seen a healthy growth over the past couple of years and annual new car sales are soon to exceed the 2 million mark demonstrating the strength and success of British Manufacturing in the automotive sector, elevating us to one of the top 5 global manufacturing countries.
JLR, Mini, Nissan and Honda have already announced their intention to add new manufacturing facilities or additional production lines to support their existing facilities further increasing production and boosting the UK economy.
The strength of the £ vs € is also having a major impact on companies and many are returning their manufacturing to the UK as opposed to sending it to the Far East and Central European countries as a cheaper option.
Tier 1 businesses are also booming and several are opening new facilities in the UK and Europe.
All this sounds very promising until we stop and try to work out just who are going to operate these facilities and where the workforce and skill sets are coming from.
We are all aware of the phrase “Candidate Short Market” but what does it mean for you and your business?
In a nutshell the “Talent Pool” in the UK is shrinking faster than an Iceberg suffering from Global Warming. Universities are moving away from Traditional Engineering courses and focussing on Holistic Degrees. Our existing skilled engineers are fast becoming aged and scarce. Good candidates are no longer trawling the job boards looking for that nugget of a job, instead they are content and successfully, gainfully employed in a business where they are stable and secure.
The Birmingham Chamber of Commerce recently reports:
“Recruitment difficulties for Greater Birmingham manufacturers are at a record high” – with an overwhelming 89 per cent of firms facing hiring problems, especially for skilled workers. Figures from the economic survey by Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) for the last quarter of 2015 show that staff recruitment concerns among manufacturers are at their highest level.
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The days of placing a newspaper advert on a Thursday and having a huge CV response are long gone and clients are missing out on the real talent that is in the market by attracting that which is “on the market”.
With the ability to boast more than 150 years engineering recruitment experience, we are a true recruitment specialist with the ability to tailor a recruitment service that meets the bespoke needs of your business. Our networking capabilities allow us to identify and present to you suitable, qualified and motivated candidates who are in the upper quartile of their market and who may not be actively seeking a new career opportunity.
For more information about Technical Network and the opportunity to work with a true recruitment partner who understands the automotive sector and the issues we face attracting the right talent please call us on 0121 450 5020 or email your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org