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SynopsisExecutive search firm ManpowerGroup India got 30 to 35% more job positions in auto and related sectors in September–October compared to hiring in April– August. Teamlease Services pegged the increase in hiring for the auto sector at about 10% for the Oct-Dec quarter compared to previous quarters.
MUMBAI: The auto sector is seeing signs of revival in recruitment activity as demand for new hiring picked up in October on the back of an increasing preference for personal mobility leading to demand for entry level cars, rise in rural sales after a good kharif season and overall rise in festive related demand.
Executive search firm ManpowerGroup India got 30 to 35% more job positions in auto and related sectors in September–October compared to hiring in April– August. Teamlease Services pegged the increase in hiring for the auto sector at about 10% for the Oct-Dec quarter compared to previous quarters.
“Most of the auto companies have done well during the festive season and so the demand for new hiring has started trickling in,” said Alok Kumar, senior director for sales, account management & global accounts, ManpowerGroup India.
April –August was a very lean period for the auto industry with almost zero sales in April and May months. Demand started picking up from September spurred by festive buying.
The overall spike in demand is also led by demand for blue collar workers, many of whom migrated to their hometowns during the earlier part of the year, said search consultants and industry experts. “Roles such as fitters, machinists, bar benders, plumbers, paint shop executives, welders, carpenters, moulders, etc are in demand,” said Sudeep Kumar Sen, business head, Industrial, Manufacturing & Engineering, TeamLease Services.
According to ManpowerGroup India estimates based on hiring enquiries, the new hiring numbers are expected to grow further by 15-20% mostly on the back of pent up demand created during the pandemic. However, these numbers are still 15% lesser than the same period of last year, the data suggested.
“All the car and bike manufacturing companies along with their ancillary units, tyre companies etc. are hiring. There are two levels of hiring – one at factory level and second at showroom level for sales promotion, customer service, etc,” said Alok Kumar of ManpowerGroup India.
Top roles include manufacturing, procurement and logistics roles at factory sites and sales, service and customer support roles at point of sales or retail showrooms.
A significant part of the demand is led by dealerships and auto component makers.
“The hiring cycle is back. Auto component companies are re- staffing at the shop floors,” said Deepak Jain, MD, Lumax India and president of Auto Component Manufacturers Association.
Auto component companies lost at least 50-60% of their staff during the pandemic. Many of them are now re-staffing since September and reinstating salaries too. “As month-on-month production increases, companies will further step up hiring across levels,” he added.
As auto demand revives, dealerships with an exposure to two wheelers and passenger vehicles are hiring sales consultants and service technicians.
“We are seeing a 10-15% increase in hiring since a few months across dealerships,” says Vinkesh Gulati, president of FADA (Federation of Automotive Dealers Association).