2019 Automotive Sustainability Report


Employees are the backbone of any organisation and it is no different in the automotive industry, with competition and pace both high. Its success is reliant on its highly skilled and flexible workforce. To ensure its future viability, the industry is upskilling, developing apprenticeships and boosting the take-up of automotive careers, especially for those working on new technologies in production and product development. The industry is also working with the UK Government on the skills element of the automotive sector deal, which was agreed and launched in 2018.


Since 1999, the number of jobs dependent on the sector has fallen by 9.3%. This was mainly influenced by a 39.8% decrease in automotive manufacturing and the supply chain, caused by a change in composition of vehicle manufacturers and transformation to more efficient automated production processes.
The number of jobs dependent on the automotive sector in 2018 decreased by 1% to 823,000, with direct employment in automotive manufacturing jobs dropping by 3.5% to 168,000.

Staff Turnover

The UK average employee turnover rate is approximately 15% a year, although this varies drastically between industries. Signatories’ staff turnover has been fluctuating over the years, although never going above 10%. In 2018, staff turnover increased to 9.1% from 8.4% in 2017. This is still relatively low considering the current uncertain economic climate and the 3.5% drop in overall employment. This is evidence that the automotive sector remains an attractive place to work.