Auto sales were up 19.9% in August compared to last year, according to Autodata and reportings by auto manufacturers. So, we looked at job ads in this sector and found 3 interesting trends.
1. Hiring is happening at dealerships.
If more cars are being sold, it makes sense that car dealerships would be hiring. However, we were surprised by the staggering number of job ads that were available in August at dealers. In fact, it far outweighs the number of ads being placed by the manufacturers. In August, more than 11,000 job ads were placed by dealerships, compared to 5,300 that were available at auto manufacturers. Not surprisingly, the most in-demand occupations at dealerships are sales, sales management, and technician occpations. Overall, hiring at dealerships across the US is up 15% compared to August of 2011.
2. Hiring is growing in Detroit.
Good news for those in the Detroit area: demand for auto manufacturing workers was up 245% in August compared to last year. Interestingly, we see more and more job ads for technical positions at auto manufacturers. Technical jobs are second only to engineering occupations, but they are one of the highest growing fields up 331% from last August. This could be due to vehicles having new and more computerized components. Will this hiring continue?
Volume of Online Job Ads by Auto Manufacturers in Detroit – 4 Year Hiring Trend
3. Where to look if recruiting gets difficult.
We noticed that the average posting period – or the number of days a job ad remains online – is 46 days. This means that Recruiters at auto manufacturers across the US spend about 6.5 weeks collecting resumes and beginning their interviewing process for open positions. Many areas with higher demand and lower supply of potential candidates may see even longer periods. For example, the current average duration of a job ad in Cleveland is 7.5 weeks. If hiring demand continues but the supply doesn't grow at the same rate, this time period may get longer. We found that the locations currently experiencing the best overall conditions are Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania), St. Louis (Missouri), and Greenville (South Carolina).
Hiring Scale Heat Map – Difficulty to Recruit in Auto Manufacturing Industry
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