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Ashleigh Grady :
e-Mobility: Vacancies increase at three times the rate of traditional automotive
postings


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Ashleigh Grady :
JOBLIFT COMPARES THE UK’S E-MOBILITY AND TRADITIONAL AUTOMOTIVE JOB
SECTORS

The UK government’s decision to ban petrol and diesel
cars by 2040 has thrown up questions surrounding how this will affect the traditional
automotive job market, and whether e-mobility will be able to cope with the new demand.
With this in mind, job meta-search engine Joblift studied the UK’s e-mobility job market, in
comparison to the traditional automotive job sector over the last 12 months. While job
vacancies in the traditional automotive industry continue to rise (3%), the face of the
automotive industry looks to change vastly in terms of professions and city hubs as a result
of e-mobility.

E-MOBILITY VACANCIES INCREASE AT MORE THAN DOUBLE THE RATE OF THE UK’S JOB
MARKET AS WHOLE

According to Joblift, there has been an average monthly growth of 9% in the number of e-mobility jobs posted in the UK in the last 12 months, three times more than the 3% average
monthly increase in jobs in the traditional automotive sector. For reference, in the same time
period, the entire UK job market increased at an average rate of 4% each month, indicating
the speed of the e-mobility sector’s growth.

FOCUS SHIFTS TOWARDS THE CAPITAL AND AWAY FROM CLASSIC AUTOMOTIVE HUBS

Comparing the top locations for e-mobility jobs with traditional automotive roles throws an
interesting light on the changing face of the whole automotive industry. In the last year,
traditional automotive roles were found in Birmingham (6% of vacancies) and Coventry (5%)
– locations of UK car manufacturing plants – with London ranking in third place with 3% of
the vacancies. On the other hand, London tops the list when it comes to the location of e-mobility jobs. The capital held 10% of all vacancies in the last year, with Derby coming in
second place with 6% and Coventry rounding off the top three also with 6%.

MECHANICS DOMINATE IN THE TRADITIONAL AUTOMOTIVE JOB MARKET BUT ARE
REPLACED BY SOFTWARE ENGINEERS IN THE E-MOBILITY SECTOR

While mechanics dominate in the traditional automotive job market, making up 12% of all
vacancies in the last 12 months, the most-demanded profession in the e-mobility job market
was software engineers with 11% of vacancies. After mechanics, salesmen ranked in second
place making up 10% of vacancies in the traditional automotive job market, and customer
service personnel came third with 5%. However, after software engineers, repair and
maintenance technicians made up 7% of the e-mobility job market and apprentices made up
3%. The differences in profession highlight the fears of many people surrounding the 2040
combustion engine ban – that the changing nature of professions will ultimately lead to a
loss of jobs in traditional automotive professions. In fact, according to The Institute of the
Motor Industry, only 1% of current motor mechanics are qualified to work on electric vehicles
in the UK.

VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS ONLY ACCEPTED IN 4% OF E-MOBILITY VACANCIES,
DESPITE BEING ASKED FOR IN 59% OF TRADITIONAL AUTOMOTIVE POSITIONS

Furthermore, a stark change in employees’ education levels will be needed once the shift to
e-mobility takes place. Taking the top professions in each sector; 59% of mechanic positions
in the last 12 months required candidates to hold a vocational qualification, with less than 1%
asking for a Bachelor’s degree. Whereas, 24% of software engineer positions in the e-mobility
sector asked for candidates to hold a Bachelor’s degree, with 8% requiring a post-graduate
qualification, and only 4% looking for candidates with a vocational qualification.

































































































































































































































































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