Auto sales are at new highs since the recession, pacing for 16 million per year. With sales up, auto manufacturers and parts suppliers must be able to build enough vehicles to meet this growing demand. A recent parts shortage caused Ford to fall even farther behind on producing one of their most in-demand vehicles, the Fusion. While manufacturers aren't necessarily opening new plants, many are announcing plans to increase hiring demand to meet consumer demand. During July of 2013, more than 8,500 jobs were advertised online in the automotive and automotive parts manufacturing industries in the United States. This is a 9% year-over-year increase when compared to July of 2012 and more than 250% growth over the past 4 years.
Hiring Demand for Auto Manufacturing Jobs
Engineering was the most demanded field in July. With more than 3,400 ads last month, this accounts for 40% of available positions. Technology related positions were the second most commonly advertised occupational field, with more than 1,300 available jobs during July. Many aspects of cars are becoming more advanced technologically – from the electronic components in safety systems to entertainment systems – and manufacturers need to compete with places like the Silicon Valley to attract tech talent. Overall, tech talent demand is up 17% year-over-year, with software engineers up 47%.
The 5 metro areas with the most job ads were:
- Detroit, MI
- Oshkosh, WI
- Chicago, IL
- Minneapolis, MN
- Toledo, OH
The Detroit metropolitan area leads the US in hiring demand for this industry. More than 2,500 auto manufacturing jobs were available during July, a 35% increase from July 2012. Chicago and Minneapolis experienced year-over-year declines in demand, while Oshkosh and Toledo both grew.
If demand is increasing, is recruiting getting more difficult? Our Hiring Scale, which scores jobs from 1 to 99 based on their projected difficulty-to-recruit, scores auto jobs at a 56 on average in the US. This means that Recruiters and employers at auto manufacturers are likely to experience moderate difficulties when sourcing potential candidates for open positions. However, this is a national average based on all jobs. Conditions will differ by location and the occupation/skills in demand. For example, technology jobs score a 70 in Detroit. These highly skilled jobs are in high demand, yet the local candidate supply is small (less than 100 potential candidates in the workforce in the Detroit metro area.) This also falls slightly above the national average for tech talent in the auto industry.
Hiring Scale for Tech Jobs in the Auto Industry – Detroit, MI
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