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Automotive Industry News Sales for Quarter Two

Automotive IndustryAutomotive Industry News Sales – Quarter two used car sales this year were the highest since Q1 in 2009.

By Ross Lebeter.  Associate Consultant – Automotive Recruitment, JGA UK.

A report from Experian of Automotive Industry sales figures confirmed that a total of 1,804,871 used cars were sold between April and June 2013, this is in comparison to 1,726,627 in the same quarter of 2012. This is an overall rise of 4.5% and shows the first year-on-year increase in sales during Q2 since records began in 2005.

A significant rise is sales was experienced in all areas compared to the second quarter of 2012, except one.

The biggest rise was in the super-mini area with a 7.5% increase. This includes the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall’s Corsa

The only sector which failed to achieve an increase war the upper-medium which saw a drop of 3.2%

Hybrid and Electric models’ sales continue to rise and saw increases of 35.5% and 14.3% respectively.

The largest section of the markets still held by petrol models (over 65% of the market share), also saw a small rise of 1.1%

The South East of England was the best performing region, witnessing a year-on-year increase of 6.9%

Greater London however was at the other end of the scale, seeing an small but impressive increase of 1.6% more sales in this quarter. The Ford Focus remains the best-selling used car with over 159,000 units sold between April to June 2013.

Why John Gibson Associates, the Automotive Recruitment specialist can help you recruit for success

automotive recruitmentWhy John Gibson Associates, the Automotive Recruitment specialist can help you recruit for success

By Ross Lebeter.  Associate Consultant – Automotive Recruitment, JGA UK.


Why use an Automotive Recruitment Specialist?

– Times have changed – the UK motor industry is enjoying success and with it an extremely competitive employment environment. Candidates now realise they have options and a third party to highlight your company strengths is often the key to securing the top talent.

– Proven performers are usually in employment and not actively looking for a move. We specialise in building and maintaining long term relationships with high performers and we can present to them your outstanding opportunity when the time is right.

– Top performers don’t ‘apply’ for a job – they get head hunted.


When does it make sense to use an Automotive Recruitment Specialist?

– For important positions which can make a large impact on your bottom line or the streamlined operation of an important department. When getting the very best performer is key, use a recruiter.

– Automotive Recruitment specialists will act as a safety net for the candidate – highlighting your dealer groups strengths will be expected from you – however it will be seen as a genuine observation if a recruiter does it and will raise you above the competition before you’ve even met the candidate.

– In addition, use a recruiter to save time. We all know that time is money and seeing your inbox fill with 200+ applications will not do your business any favours. You concentrate on making money, let a recruiter do the leg work.

– Finally, for unimportant roles or for roles with no time pressures, try to recruit yourself. If you are unsuccessful, I’m sure your recruiter could help!


How is John Gibson Associates different from employment agencies and ‘call centre recruiters’?

– A good automotive recruitment specialist should bring to you the best talent ‘in the market’, not purely the best talent ‘on the market’. Your own vacancy ads and other ‘call centre recruiters’ will only supply the people who are currently looking for work.

– A good recruiter will work for you. We will not waste your time submitting sub-standard candidates, purely to seem as though we are the fastest at finding people.

– We take the time to understand the job requirement, approach the right ‘top performers’ and verify their claims.

– We will have personally interviewed and reference checked every submitted candidate. Thus ensuring anyone we recommend to a client in our opinion could do the job and has received good references. This will leave you to decide whether they are right for you and your team, not wondering why they are sat in front of you wasting an hour of your time.


Is it important for your recruiter to personally have motor industry experience?

– YES! Always ask the question of your recruiter – ‘Do you have experience working within the motor industry?’ Even ask whether they have worked in your geographical area.

– An industry experienced recruiter will provide a better service. They will understand the job brief more clearly, understanding what the nature of the problem is and what you require to fix it.

– They will also understand the language used by candidates, see through any exaggerations and know who to talk to in order to verify performance claims.

– An industry experienced recruiter will also make a better, more informed impression on your behalf.


Should you use more than one recruiter on an assignment?

– Generally it is almost always best to develop a solid relationship with your recruiter and use them exclusively on your assignments.

– Using multiple recruiters will lead to crossed paths in the search for candidates.

– This can and usually does, result in some of the following; when a candidate hears of the same position from multiple recruiters you may be seen as the company with a ‘revolving door’ and a staff turnover problem. You may also be at risk of becoming known for raiding staff from other sites which can result in retaliation. You may also scare off candidates who will decline the opportunity as it appears it is being offered to many candidates, not a select few top performers.


How important is an ongoing relationship with a recruiter?

– Maintaining a good relationship with your recruiter is crucial in responding quickly to staffing requirements.

– A good relationship with a recruiter means they already understand your business and can more quickly approach the top performers with an opportunity.

– A recruiter on your side will spread the good word about your company. It can be a massive PR boost to embrace the relationship with your recruiter. A third party success story is always better than coming directly from you.

– A good recruiter will always act more quickly for a favoured client, giving precedence to their vacancies, even the smaller positions.


How can you judge a recruiter’s performance?

– Are they professional in their day-to-day communication with you?

– Are they doing a good job of supplying quality candidates? Not purely ‘on paper’, but did they recommend candidates who met your requirements for personality, management style and specific experience?


Why should you use John Gibson Associates?

– We are the UK’s leading Automotive Recruitment specialists and we’re ‘good at what we do’. We save you time, we have motor industry experience, we understand your specific requirements, we harbour the ‘best talent in the market’, we are trust worthy, confidential and professional on a daily basis.

– The candidates we recommend to a client will be capable of performing to a high level.

– We will have personally interviewed, reference checked and verified our candidates.

– You will be left purely with the task of interviewing a shortlist of exceptional candidates in order to decide which one is the best fit for you and your team.

If you would value a recruiter relationship as highlighted above, please do not hesitate to contact Ross Lebeter of John Gibson Associates on [email protected] or directly on 07920 746 022.

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UK Motor Industry Car Sales are on the rise

Motor IndustryUK Motor Industry Car Sales are on the rise

By Ross Lebeter.  Associate Consultant – Automotive Recruitment, JGA UK.

UK Motor Industry car sales are forecast to rise by over 7.5% to well over 2 million units this year. This is in comparison to the earlier prediction of a 5% downturn. This is according to a report from Moody’s Investors Service – a leading provider of credit rating, research and risk analysis.

In 2012, the UK Car Motor Industry saw 5.3% growth and is expected to rise by at least another 2% in 2014
In August 2013, Mike Baunton, who is currently interim CEO of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), said: “We are starting to see slight signs of recovery from Europe which will support stronger production levels this year, and UK manufacturers will continue to build and develop innovative, high-quality products that appeal to a global customer base.”

If you have had chance to read the report, you will see that four of the major European can manufacturers; Fiat Chrysler, Ford Europe, GM Europe and Peugeot-Citroen are expecting to lose an estimated €5bn, combined, in 2013. This is mainly down to the fall of domesticated demands reaching their lowest point in the last two decades.

The report also indicated that in the emerging markets such as Russia and Brazil, the momentum is dropping too.

The risk and ratings agency has assigned a Ba3 rating for Fiat and a B1 rating for Peugeot-Citroën. Germany’s Volkswagen and France’s Renault could also see fall in their sales this year. (These are the Bond Credit Rating awarded to companies, outlining their creditworthiness).

British carmakers Jaguar Land Rover and Aston Martin, however are looking forward to the opposite and are anticipated to enhance their sales due to rise in consumer confidence.

Demand for cars in China is expected to play a key role in global car sales, which Moody’s estimates to grow by 3.2 per cent this year against earlier forecast of 2.3 per cent in February.

Ford Motor and General Motors are also expected to see fall in their sales this year.

Can the Motor Trade Industry compete with technology and social networking?

Motor IndustryCan the Motor Trade Industry compete with technology and social networking?

Are young people interested in buying cars in the future? A statement by Professor Dale Harrow, the head of Automotive Design at the Royal College of Art in London doesn’t think so.

“They are being brought up in a society where you rent or hire, be it mobile phones, houses or even cars and they want to be able to upgrade to the latest technology as quickly as possible.

“People will not so much want to spend their money on cars but on the experience; car ownership will no longer be the rite of passage that it once was. We can see this trend on its way in Europe and the United States and car makers are going to have to look at how they manage this.”

These opinions reflect those of another respected another; Professor Juliet Schor, of Boston College in Newton, Massachusetts, who has conducted in-depth research of “sustainable” consumers in the US economy.

She believes the younger generation in America is falling out of love with the motor car. Instead turning their affections and interests towards their social networks or computer screens. She told ‘Headlineauto’ (a specialist Automotive Industry Media source) earlier in 2013 that “a younger generation was becoming less reliant on travel to communicate and had become increasingly aware of the environment”.

Professor Schor has also concluded that there has been a major decline in distances travelled by vehicle in America.

“We are now back to where we were in 1995 in terms of the miles covered by motorists. This is partly due to economic conditions but youth is shifting away from driving because it takes them away from their screens.

“Fewer than one third of 16-19-year-olds are applying for their driving licence in the US now compared to almost 100 per cent in 1978.”

Potentially, Car Manufacturers need to find a solution to enable motorists connected with their online activities whilst they are travelling, to enable them to continue networking, sharing information or gaming whilst on their way to work or daily commute. Will all of this be possible with the driverless car of the not so distant future?

However not all sectors of the market are in agreement. Emerging market places such as China India and others, are pushing the issues to the background

‘That’s where we find the petrol heads these days,” said Professor Harrow, “these countries are still fascinated by the car just as we used to be when we were young.

“They are still interested in cars and car ownership so in the short to medium-term carmakers can put off doing anything about it, but longer term the car industry will move into a new phase.

“We have already seen three phases in the industry beginning with Ford and industrialisation, then came design and aerodynamics and now we have lean manufacturing.

“Similarly, design has gone through three phases, the coming together with engineering in the 70s and 80s followed by companies starting to understand brands and their importance in marketing and now we have a new age in terms of understanding how new consumers who will view cars as a service rather than a product.

“Once that happens there will be a whole new dynamic to the second hand car industry because it will become more of a throwaway society.

“Maybe you will be able to change the car with new panels and colours, retaining the original platform and running gear. Take that a step further and you can have centralised manufacturing of the base platform and local customisation.

“We are already investigating rapid manufacturing techniques – the toymaker Fisher Price is already looking at 3D printer downloads for toys and while this sounds space age it could be something to look at for the future.”

There is suggestion that anecdotal evidence from within the Automotive Industry, implies that younger people in the European and US markets are becoming more reliant and preferring to using the potentially cheaper and more convenient public transport rather than becoming car owners themselves. Car-sharing and renting, whether it’s on a daily or even hourly basis seems to be ‘on the up’.

President of Kia UK (one of the fastest growing car manufacturers in the World), Paul Philpott, is not too concerned

He told a Headlineauto lunch meeting: ”The majority of customers will continue to lease or buy because of the freedom and confidence a car gives you.

“Young people, particularly in cities, may not be interested in cars as early as they once were, but wait until they are a little older and have families.

“Their kids will want to be driven here there and everywhere at all hours of the day and night.”

Just as my children do, even now they’re grown up”.

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Iconic Automotive Industry Stamps

Automotive Industry

If you’re in to the study of stamps or enjoy collecting them and have a passion for the Automotive Industry and classic British Cars, then the Royal Mail has a treat for you. They’ve decided to celebrate six iconic cars through it’s recently released; ‘British Auto Legends Thoroughbred Stamp Set’

The collection has been designed by the Why Not Association, with the assistance of automotive photographer, Andrew Mann. The collection’s launch in time for Aston Martin’s centenary and the 150th birthday of Sir Henry Royce. The collection includes the iconic cars; Jaguar E-Type 1962, 1962 MG MGB, 1965 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, 1968 Morgan Plus 8, 1963 Aston Marin DB5 and the 1976 Lotus Esprit.

Of course, not every iconic car could make the final collection but there’s some extremely popular British cars in there. And they’ve all passed the Queen’s approval!

Click here to see the collection