Data from Monster.com – a Quess company – indicates that the auto/accessory/tire industry saw 14% annual growth in intent to hire in January 2022, projecting a promising recovery pattern after the pressure of the pandemic. On a monthly basis, the industry forecast a 3% increase in demand for online hiring.
With the growing adoption of digitalization and high demands on technology skills, acquiring talent with the right skills has become fundamental for automotive recruiters. Moreover, some of this talent – especially in the electric vehicle industry – is also referred to as “green engineers”.
The demand trend for automotive engineer positions has fluctuated during the pandemic due to lockdowns and multiple waves of Covid-19. The demand curve indicates a strong growth of 23% in December 2021 (compared to November 2021) due to festive demand. However, January 2022 saw a downward trend with a 9% decline in hiring demand for the position. This is a temporary decline due to the sharp rise seen the previous month (January 2022 vs December 2021). This demand is expected to increase in the next quarter with the PLI program for the automotive industry as well as the 2022 budget accommodations for the automotive and electric vehicle industry.
Bengaluru and Delhi experience peak demand for automotive engineers in January 2022. Data indicates that Bengaluru (15%) and Delhi-NCR (15%) hold the highest share of automotive engineer demand in India, with d other metropolitan cities. Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities showed negligible job posting activity in this regard. This could be attributed to the growth of the electric vehicle and automotive sectors in metros, with a consequent increase in demand for talent in these cities.
Middle and mid-level positions hold the largest share of automotive engineering jobs. The sector also shows an optimistic trend for new talent.
“The automotive industry in India is set to thrive and we have seen a growth of 14% this year compared to last January. Given that the sector has been significantly affected by the pandemic, this is a victory involving more job creation and job generation. Another aspect that remains crucial is the need for skills for a more productive automotive workforce, which recruiters have continuously prioritized in the current scenario,” Sekhar said. Garisa, CEO of Monster.com.
“The automotive industry is in transition – the disruption is more focused on zero carbon emissions and this is leading the industry to move into alternative fuel technologies such as electric, hydrogen fuel cell etc. The immediate talent crunch is felt in the electric vehicle (EV) space where the industry is moving towards developing vehicles and solutions for passenger, public and freight mobility,” said Amanpreet Singh , President and Head of Human Resources of Ashok Leyland.
The demand for engineers who can contribute to electric vehicles has increased significantly over the past 3-4 years and will continue to increase in the years to come, Singh said.
Electric scooter company Simple Energy is looking to hire 300 to 350 engineers, 800 to 1,000 employees for its factory, and is looking at 3,500 new employees over the next five years as its largest factory becomes operational. The company is looking to hire technical managers, engineers and people for plant operations, said Suhas Rajkumar, founder and CEO of Simple Energy.
“Since we are an electric automobile company, we are looking for electromechanical engineering skills, battery skills and knowledge, wiring harnesses, hardware and firmware engineering, and testing and validation,” Rajkumar said.
Recently, electric vehicle company Euler Motors announced plans to increase its workforce by 120%.