Future Skills Needs Scenario

As a sector skills council, The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) is required by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) to adhere to a common framework of labour market intelligence which includes an annual sector skills assessment. This in turn requires an "anticipation of what lies ahead".

This report analyses the general and industry specific issues, trends and drivers which may have a significant bearing on the size and shape of the UK automotive retail sector over the coming decade.

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Employment forecasts and principal skills requirements

The purpose of this report is to understand the future size and shape of employment within the automotive retail sector. The report focuses on the industry as a whole as well as at the national and regional level. It is particularly important that we have an understanding of the futures skills requirement of the sector so that in the long term the sector is not left with a skills shortage/vacuum as a result of the current economic downturn.

The principle data source for this report is the Working Futures 2007-17 econometric forecasting which was undertaken on behalf of the Learning and Skills Council and its partners by the Warwick Institute for Employment Research in collaboration with Cambridge Econometrics.

Between 2007 and 2017 total UK employment is projected to rise from an estimated 28.5 million to 30.25 million, an increase of some 5.7% over the next decade.

The number of jobs in the UK automotive retail sector is forecast to increase over the coming decade. Between 2007 and 2017 a net increase of 11,000 jobs are forecast, an increase of 2%. In addition to this net change there will also be a replacement demand (due to retirement, migration and occupational mobility) of 213,000 jobs. The total net requirement will be some 224,000 jobs, accounting for just over a third of all employment in 2017.

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IMI Core Footprint


The objective:

  • Provide a detailed breakdown of the IMI sector into the pre-determined sub-sectors. 
  • Fill gaps in intelligence that the IMI currently experiences by way of generating firm and employment statistics that are consistent to the current footprint and provide detail across the sub-sectors. 
  • Provide the IMI with information resources that can be used for a number of key organisational objectives including;  Better expressing the size and value of the industries. 
  • To support potential future applications for funding and re-licensing. 
  • Provide the Institute with a trend analysis of changes in its footprint.

Workforce Profile 2009

The ‘Workforce Profile’ reports the latest available key facts and figures about the size, shape and characteristics of the automotive retail sector. The report analyses official government data sets to enable direct comparison with previous years and other sectors, drawing out key findings and labour market intelligence.

The report contains trend information, SIC code sub-sector analysis and national and regional comparisons.

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Footprint Segmentation

Like a number of Sector Skills Council (SSCs), Automotive Skills faces difficulties in sizing and segmenting its footprint using the SIC system.

Therefore the following report explores the footprint by industry defined sub-sectors. This report examines the number of businesses and related employment that fall within the sub-sectors.

Footprint segmentation

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