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Many of the world’s legacy brand car manufacturers make cars in the UK. The likes of Opel (Vauxhall), Nissan, Jaguar, Land Rover and Bentley make up the UK automotive sector alongside hand-building, specialist manufacturers such as Morgan and Caterham.

Further to car manufacturers, there are also thousands of smaller engineering enterprises which regularly supply them with components. Collectively, the sector is made of 123,596 people employed by a total of 3,245 automotive sector enterprises. 2,500 micro-sized enterprises make up the bulk of the sector (77%).

As with other sectors, the shape of UK automotive is changing with an expected increase in the use of robots and automation to complete tasks currently handled by human workers. However, in comparison to our European neighbours, the UK is a relatively low robot density economy.

With over half of automotive sector employees working in either a skilled trades occupation, a professional occupation, an associate professional and technical occupation, or in a managerial role it is evident that the sector is relatively highly skilled.

The 24% of automotive sector employees who work in process, plant and machine operative roles will likely find the government’s National Retraining Scheme a valuable source in learning the new skills necessary to upskill. The same is true of the 5% in elementary occupations.


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Automotive Skills Snapshot

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July 17, 2019

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