Cutting-edge technology will create an additional 320,000 jobs in the UK’s automotive industry by 2030, despite fears increasing automation could reduce the nation’s workforce.
Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) chief executive Steve Nash said at the London motor show that rapidly growing demand for newly created jobs such as analytic engineers, 3D printing technicians and cyber security experts illustrates how the car industry is “embracing technology” to create new opportunities.
“Employment in the motoring sector has increased by 11.9% in the last year,” he said. “This highlights how the industry is providing a positive landscape for people searching for a new career.”
Autonomous and connected car technology alone is predicted to create 25,000 more jobs by 2030 in UK manufacturing. The impact of this growth, according to research by the Society of Motor Traders & Manufacturers, will be around £51 billion of value added income to the UK economy.
Nash warned that this surge in demand for jobs would need to be met by an increase in training schemes. He said that the industry “needs to build new learning environments and training programmes across all levels that can allow technicians to expand their skills, as well as attract new young people into these roles”.