Automotive Employer Skill Need Survey 2010

IMI have commissioned independent research companies, CFE and JRA Research to conduct our annual Employer Skills Survey. A survey of over 1,000 automotive retail sector employers will be undertaken from mid July to ascertain the skills priorities of the sector and explore the impact of the recession.

The survey provides an important opportunity for you to input to and influence future developments of IMI and training providers products and services to support the automotive retail industry. In particular we would like your views on the current and future skills requirements affecting your business. 

We would like to thank you for taking part in the survey and your contribution to this important research project.

Automotive Employer Skills Survey 2009

The Automotive Employer Skills survey is primary research of over 1000 automotive retail sector employers conducted in 2009. The purpose of the research was to understand the skills needs, gaps, shortages and recruitment needs of the sector. The survey also gathered employers' views on the recession. The report outlines the key themes that are affecting the sector which includes the ever-present challenge of keeping up with the relentless pace of new technology and the recession. The report investigates these themes by UK nation and region.

Click here to read a summary of the key findings

Click here to read the full report


An automotive sector perspective on the UK Nations’ employer skills surveys

Prior to the launch of our own automotive employer skills survey, separate research of each of the UK nations’ own skills surveys was completed. This report summaries these surveys from an automotive retail sector point of view. The research found that in general, skills shortages and skills gaps in the sector are broadly in line with that for the economy as a whole.

At a time when budgets are being squeezed by recession, investment in training is possibly not a high priority, but it should remain so in order that companies are ready to tackle new challenges once the economy starts to turn around. Slower business can potentially provide a good opportunity for taking the time to address skills gaps within existing employees, particularly in a sector where on the job training is so crucial. Skills shortages in the recruitment market are also likely to be reduced in times of recession. The number of vacancies will usually be lower and the level of redundancies higher, meaning more skilled staff available per vacancy. The IMI remains committed to working with employers, providers and stakeholders throughout the United Kingdom, to help deliver a successful, fully skilled automotive retail sector. 

The IMI’s own automotive employer skills survey will be published shortly.

Click here to read a summary of the key findings

Click here to read the full report

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