2020 Automotive Sustainability Report


The industry has always recognised the value of its employees by creating safe and progressive workplaces even in times of growing long-term uncertainty. The
current Covid-19 crisis has put social challenges in focus and shown the industry has a clear commitment to prioritise the safety and wellbeing of its employees,
putting it at the forefront of business goals. Consequently, complex production processes need to be adapted to minimise the risks for employees and to allow for changes in production plant capacity.


The number of jobs dependent on the automotive sector in 2019 decreased by -1.5% to 864,300 Direct employment in automotive manufacturing jobs dropped by -3% to 180,300, on 185,900 in 20181. Signatories’ reported total employment declined in 2019 by -5.9% to 93,470 employees on the previous year. The share of agency workers has dropped too, down from 13.9% in 2018 to 12.7% in 2019. It is highly likely that the uncertainty caused by Brexit has played a significant part in this decline.

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 11%. In 2019 staff turnover increased to 10.5% from 10% in 2018. This is still relatively low considering the current uncertain economic climate and the 5.9% drop in overall employment. This is evidence that the automotive sector remains an attractive place to work.

Charitable Donations

In 2019, signatories reported cash donations to charities of more than £9.7 million, down 18.7% on 2018. In addition, signatories made other contributions worth over £3 million, 4% up on 2018. Signatories additionally reported giving in excess of 97,000 hours of employees’ time to local causes, down 27.4% on 2018.