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E3R: Understanding recruitment challenges within the fleet industry E3 Recruitment’s specialist Automotive Team know first-hand the challenges the fleet industry faces when recruiting. E3R Director James Soden started his career in fleet management, so understands the industry and its pressures. Being industry experts, we are aware of the bigger long-term issues facing employers. Below James discusses the top six issues...

1. Skills

4. 4IR

“Skill shortages is the most prevalent issue British businesses face as not only does it prevent businesses from finding the right people with the right skills, it leads to significant wage pressures as employers are forced to pay higher premiums. The lack of STEM candidates – science, technology, engineering and maths - is well-known as businesses struggle to find skilled engineers at all levels. Promoting apprenticeships to students is a key focus and forging strong links between businesses, schools and colleges remains vital.”

“Manufacturing is now entering the fourth industrial revolution, which is driven by rapid advances in technology to drive productivity. Optimism and efficiency will be achieved by digitalism through information flow, exchange, and knowledge from data. But before manufactures can adapt these advances in technology, they require individuals with cutting edge high-level skill sets. Unfortunately, these individuals are few and far between and highly sought after, so businesses need to know how to attract and retain them.”

2. Millennials “According to the CBI, a third of companies are dissatisfied with graduates’ attitude to work and ability to self-manage, with a similar number reporting text-speak and Twitter reductionism is also letting young hopefuls down, with literacy and numeracy skills so poor among university leavers that they have to be topped up in the workplace. This is the negative viewpoint – on the flip side many are IT literate, diverse and well informed – employers need to ensure they have an effective management structure to manage and engage them effectively.”

3. Brexit “EU workers constitute more than 20% of the labour force in at least 18 specialist industries and many others would struggle if their numbers declined according to a study by GMB, based on figures produced by the Office for National Statistics. Although the government insists EU workers living in the UK will be able to stay post-Brexit, it is feared that many will choose to leave when free movement comes to an end in 2019 and future vacancies will be left unfilled. If this is the case, this will be detrimental for employers.”

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5. AI “Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Automation, will have profound changes in our world. A recent report predicts that by 2021, intelligent agents and related robots will have eliminated a net 6% of jobs. When fear or concern is raised about the potential impact of AI on employment, it’s worth looking back on history - fears and concerns regarding AI and automation are understandable, but ultimately unwarranted. Technological change may eliminate certain jobs, but it has streamlined processes and improved efficiencies and user experiences, whilst creating more roles in the process.”

6. Diesel “The Government’s plans to stop the sale of new conventionallypowered petrol and diesel cars from 2040 — this is already having a huge impact on the UK automotive market with car sales plunging by a third. Big multinationals who predominantly were diesel engine focussed, had already began to move their strategies to align with a new greener focus, but this legislation will propel this movement, which ultimately could have an impact on automotive jobs, and the decision fleet operators make about their future fleet.” For further information regarding any of the subjects covered in this article or to discuss your recruitment needs further, please contact E3R’s Automotive Team.

• Account Managers • Account Executives • Auto Electricians • CAD Technicians • CANBUS Engineers • Coachbuilders • Customer Service Advisors • Design Engineers • Diesel Fitters • Electronics Engineers • Fabricators/Welders • Field Service Engineers • Fleet Sales • Fleet Administrators • General Managers • HGV technicians               • Hydraulics Engineers • LCV Technicians • Maintenance Controllers • Maintenance Engineers • Mobile Plant Fitters • Operations Directors • Operations Managers

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Plant Fitters PSV Technicians Service Advisors               Service Managers Telemetry Technicians Van and Truck Technicians Vehicle Body Builders Workshop Controllers Workshop/Depot Managers      

SERVICES E3R OFFERS • Executive Search Recruitment • Permanent Recruitment • Managed Service Provider • Consultancy Services: Training Legislation Competitor Analysis • Interim and Contract Recruitment • Temporary Recruitment • Behavioural and Psychometric Assessment Services • Payroll Services

Through E3R’s on-going recruitment activities, solely focusing on the automotive and fleet sectors, the company is able to effectively target, vet and deliver suitability qualified and experienced individuals for its clients; Its mission is to ensure both clients and candidates experience the best service and results possible. For more information visit: call 0808 178 2523 or email: automotive@

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E3R features in the latest edition of Utility Fleet Magazine.