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WorkersThe recovery in the economy is creating a skills shortage in key motor trade roles.

The shortage is most apparent for technicians, MoT testers and general managers, according to recruitment firm Jobco-op Automotive.

Derek Webb, sales director at Jobco-op Automotive, said: “Although the economic recovery is patchy, there is a generally higher degree of optimism in the industry. For roles such as technicians, MOT testers and general managers, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find high quality candidates.”

In January Reed Specialist Recruitment carried out a survey into salaries. It said it was seeing a shift to a candidate’s market due to the recovering economy but it warned employers were not investing in their staff.

Tom Lovell, group managing director at Reed, said: “Despite a need to attract and retain talent within their organisation, many businesses aren’t investing in their workforce through pay or their benefits, such as training, and this will impact on the overall satisfaction rating for their workforce.

“Businesses need to invest in both their employee brand reputation and talent management to attract people with the right skills to their organisation and hold on to employees with the right talent,” he said.

Source: Motor Trader


Posted by Sue Robinson on 21/02/2014