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Automotive Market Trends – April 2012

The motor industry is a brighter and shiner place even though we have had the wettest April on record ! New Car Registrations up 3.3% the third increase in four months, more foot fall in dealerships and more jobs coming onto the market than at anytime in the last year.

Demand for private cars seems to be driving this increase as fleet registrations fell slightly an increase in private registrations of 14.8% took overall new car registrations 3.3% higher. To put some context round it the market is up 1.4% Jan – April, this being 18% below pre-recession times but 15% above the 2009 lowest point. The SMMT have also revised their full year forecast up to 1.95 million.

The Commercial market is still split as per last month with Vans down 19% (but still up on a rolling year by 1.1%) and Trucks up 18% (24% rolling year increase) giving an overall Commercial vehicle increase of 4.1% rolling year to date.

So hopefully the corner has been turned and we may have to get the lawn mower out to cut the green shoots that seem to be popping up.!

Vauxhall will create 700 new direct jobs in the production of its new next-generation Astra

Auto maker Vauxhall will create 700 new direct jobs in the production of its new next-generation Astra compact car at its Ellesmere Port, Cheshire facility.

Production will start in 2015 on a three-shift model, with a minimum of 160,000 vehicles to be produced per year.

The car will be produced at least “into the early 2020s”, the firm says.

Vauxhall chairman and managing director Duncan Aldred says: “With Ellesmere Port’s proven build quality and a new agreement that ensures excellent cost competitiveness, this facility will provide additional employment and, as the lead plant for the next-generation Astra, will be one of the cornerstones of our European manufacturing footprint.”

As previously reported by recruiter.co.uk, every job in car production creates about 7.5 in the supply chain, according to the Automotive Council.

The average values of used cars sold at auction fell 2 per cent in April to £4,550,

Average used prices fall 2% in April

The average values of used cars sold at auction fell 2 per cent in April to £4,550, according to the National Association of Motor Auctions (NAMA).

NAMA chairman Andrew Hulme said the April results show that the key indicators of market health were down but this was to be expected at this time of the year.

"There was a 2% overall price reduction for all cars sold in the month, sales reduced by 9%, conversion rates fell and the average number of days that cars were spending on site increased," he said.

“However it is important to remember that these changes are typical for this time of year. April saw the usual influx of ex-fleet cars while trade buying activity has slowed. This is due to dealers experiencing a normal slowdown in retail sales therefore the need to replace stocked has tapered.”

NAMA committee member Mike Pilkington said: “The first 10 days of May have witnessed a steady decline in trading conditions as stocks remained high in comparison to trade demand.

“Also a large proportion of the unsold vehicles are cars that require more than the normal refurbishment to make them fit for sale.

“NAMA expects prices to continue to slow for the next few months. However this is in line with what is expected for this time of year.”

Used LCV values have improved significantly even with age and mileage rising….

Supplies of good quality vans remain limited and competition from buyers for the best examples remains intense.

Year on year figures show values have improved significantly even with age and mileage rising, according to BCA Pulse.

Year-on-year, April 2012 was 7.6% ahead of the same month in 2011, despite the average age climbing by six months to 57 months and average mileage being 5,500 miles higher at 78,000.

Performance against CAP also improved year-on-year, up nearly one and a half points.

April values were identical to those recorded in January and are the highest in two years.

This is despite average age and mileage rising and further underlines the shortage of stock as buyers are paying more in 2012 for older, higher mileage vans than they were a year ago,” said Duncan Ward BCA general manager commercial vehicles.

BCA said used LCV values rose 1% to hit £4,271 in April compared to March.

Looking ahead Ward said: “Previous years suggest the summer months are relatively flat, with a significant spike in values in the early autumn. The difficult economic conditions mean that many businesses may defer changing their vehicles until there are signs of improvement.

“Countering this, many new small businesses and sole traders are starting up and a van is often one of the first things on the shopping list.”

Unless you show them you mean business – don’t expect recruitment consultants to do the work for you .

John Lees hands out some valuable job advice (http://www.metro.co.uk/lifestyle/897726-john-lees-how-to-get-the-best-out-of-recruitment-agencies)

Jodi is learning fast about what agencies do. They are not a free advisory service. Recruitment consultants are professional selectors who make a living finding workers to fill vacancies for their clients.
‘I’ve been to a couple of agencies but they don’t get me at all,’ Jodi tells me.
‘Each one told me to write my CV differently. But I’ve registered, so I’ve done my bit.’

A recruitment consultant will not make the final selection decision but is a gatekeeper between you and the decision-maker. Poor agencies simply distribute unsolicited CVs, over promise and under deliver.
Good ones have a feel for the market and, in dealing with specialist sectors, can provide priceless information.

You are dealing with an intermediary, someone who is both broker and barrier. If a recruitment consultant is talking to you, it is because they believe you are fit for a role they hope to fill. Their primary strength is their ability to open doors by persuading employers to commit to interview dates and issue job offers.

Agencies initially filter candidates based on their CVs, so make clear your transferable skills and breadth of experience. They are usually highly tuned to the first impression you create and your interview behaviour. More than ever, they want to put forward a safe bet.

Today’s market allows external recruiters to believe they can find someone whose experience is an exact match for the job, which makes things harder for those changing sectors.

Some agencies will offer to ‘market’ you, others will say you are securely ‘on the register’. This means very little in itself – it’s your relationship with them that counts. Recruiters are sales-oriented people specialists at heart, so do everything you can to convince them that you will be an enthusiastic candidate.

Ask for advice on interview technique, what to wear and interview questions to prepare for, and listen carefully to the way a consultant describes what an employer is seeking. You will hear conflicting agency advice about CV formats (some insist on two pages maximum and many don’t like an opening profile, wanting just the bare job history). Don’t ask for an opinion on your CV, get a summary – ask ‘what does my CV say to you?’ If you hear a clear, recognisable story coming back, your CV works.

Help your consultant to help you. If you don’t want a job like the one you just left, explain what you are looking for. Treat each agency interview as a genuine selection experience. Be flexible in terms of availability and open to suggestions but, if the agency offers you something unsuitable, reiterate what’s in your sights.

Don’t let your doubts about recruitment consultancies or agencies influence your decision to work with them. Agencies need a flow of enthusiastic, committed candidates. Just as you will show an employer how your presence in the workplace will solve problems, be a problem-solver to any intermediaries.

John Lees is author of How To Get A Job You’ll Love (McGraw-Hill) and runs regular career workshops. Visit johnleescareers.com for details.

Read more: http://www.metro.co.uk/lifestyle/897726-john-lees-how-to-get-the-best-out-of-recruitment-agencies#ixzz1uGNgegVC

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Position: Regional / National Sales Manager – Position: Regional / National Sales Manager – Location – National

Summary: Accomplished Manager who has not only succeeded in national roles but is also experienced in Dealer roles, Sales Manager,
Business Manager / Sales Controller for example who is wanting a challenge either local or nationally.

Contact Julian Sleight on 07835 893052 or email [email protected] today but be quick, we don’t expect this exceptional candidate to be available for very long….