IMI identifies 23,000 automotive vacancies

A new report from the Institute of the Motor Industry has revealed that although vacancy rates in the sector are continuing to fall, there are still more than 23,000 job roles unfilled.

The report found that the automotive sector is slowly recovering with a further decline in vacancy rates, but it remains volatile with high demand for all skilled roles in the past three months.

Research has revealed a continued cooling in job postings since the start of 2023, but despite this, the vacancy rate in the motor trades remains considerably higher — 40% above the average rate across all industries.

Alongside this, the demand for skills is evolving, with an emphasis on machinery proficiency, strong work ethic, and increasingly, numerical expertise in areas like invoicing. Skills in sales are also beginning to resurge among all Technician types.

Meanwhile, overall, salary trends show an uptick across most roles, despite some disparities. Some roles, like vehicle body builders, are above the government median salary range, while others, like managers, lag behind. Notably, this marks the first occurrence of such a trend this year.