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Vehicle rental and leasing

The vehicle rental and leasing industry comprises the rental and leasing of all cars, light motor vehicles and trucks, which includes:

  • light motor vehicles and vans up to 3.5 tonnes
  • land-transport equipment without drivers
  • trucks, haulage tractors, trailers and semi-trailers
  • recreational vehicles

Key statistics:

  • There are approximately 33,026 employees in the industry.
  • The vehicle rental and leasing industry accounts for 7.3% of all employment in the automotive retail sector.
  • There are an estimated 4,000 business units in the industry.
  • Typical salaries range from £16,000 - £45,000 from a fleet controller to a senior management role.

The greatest growth in jobs has been in the vehicle rental and leasing industry, which has seen a 9% increase in the number of jobs since 1998. However, there has been little change in employment numbers since 2008. The industry only accounts for 6% of overall sector employment in the UK. Employment in the industry is forecast to rise to 33,922 by 2017.

Skill shortages are most likely to occur where employers are recruiting people into skilled trades and professional occupations. However, for the vehicle rental and leasing industry there are no specific shortages.

East Midlands – There is an estimated 3,250 jobs in the industry, which is an increase of 60% since 1998. The East Midlands accounts for 11% of all employment within the vehicle rental and leasing industry. The automotive retail sector as a whole is set to decline by 4% in the region by 2017.

East of England – There is an estimated 3,020 jobs in the industry, which is a fall of 2% since 1998. The East of England accounts for 10% of all employment within the industry. The automotive retail sector as a whole is set to increase by 4% in the region by 2017.

London – There is an estimated 3,937 jobs in the industry, which is a fall of 18% since 1998. London accounts for 13% of all employment within the vehicle rental and leasing industry. The automotive retail sector as a whole is forecast to decline by 14% in the region by 2017.

North East – There is an estimated 859 jobs in the industry, which is a rise of 12% since 1998. The North East accounts for 3% of all employment within the industry. The automotive retail sector as a whole is forecast to decline by 11% in the region by 2017.

North West – There is an estimated 3,899 jobs in the industry, which is a fall of 28% since 1998. The region accounts for 13% of all employment within the vehicle rental and leasing industry. The automotive retail sector as a whole is forecast to decline by 4% in the region by 2017.

South East – There is an estimated 5,061 jobs in the industry, which is an increase of 23% since 1998. The South East accounts for 17% of all employment within the vehicle rental and leasing industry. The automotive retail sector as a whole is set to increase by 17% in the region by 2017.

South West – There are an estimated 3,649 jobs in the industry, which is an increase of 6% since 1998. The region accounts for 12% of all employment within the industry. The automotive retail sector as a whole is forecast to decline by 16% in the region by 2017.

West Midlands – There is an estimated 3,840 jobs in the industry, which is an increase of 54% since 1998. The region accounts for 13% of all employment within the industry. The automotive retail sector as a whole is forecast to increase by only 1% in the region by 2017.

Yorkshire and the Humber – There is an estimated 1,964 jobs in the industry, which is a rise of 6% since 1998. The region accounts for 7% of all employment within the industry. The automotive retail sector as a whole is forecast to increase by 15% in the region by 2017.

Wales – There is an estimated 931 jobs in the industry, which is a rise of 17% since 1998. Wales accounts for 2% of all employment within the industry and 4% of all employment in the automotive retail sector. The automotive retail sector as a whole is forecast to decline by 2% by 2017.

Scotland – There is an estimated 2,748 jobs in the industry, which is an increase of 40% since 1998. Scotland accounts for 8% of all employment within the industry. The automotive retail sector as a whole is forecast to increase by 1% by 2017.

Source: IMI Automotive AACS LMI report 2010

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Vehicle parts, distribution and supply

The vehicle parts, distribution and supply industry comprises both wholesale and retail sale of all motor vehicle parts and accessories. All types of vehicle are covered from parts for lorries, cars and vans to motorcycles and lift trucks. Both retail and wholesale businesses are included in this industry.

Key statistics:

  • There are approximately 98,968 people working in the industry in around 11,800 business units.
  • Up to 2007, this industry has seen the greatest decline in employment numbers of all the industries in the automotive retail sector.
  • Typical salaries range from £6,000 for a trainee to £20,000 for a senior operative.

The vehicle parts distribution and supply industry has seen negative jobs growth since 1998, which has seen the greatest decline of 14%. However, between 2007 and 2008, there was an increase of 18% in employment numbers. There are approximately 98,968 people working in the industry, which accounts for 19% of the automotive retail sector workforce. Employment in the industry is forecast to decline to 85,499 by 2017.

Skill shortages are most likely to occur where employers are recruiting people into skilled trades and professional occupations.

East Midlands – There is an estimated 8,657 jobs in the industry, which is an increase of 5% since 1998. The East Midlands accounts for 10% of all employment within the industry. The automotive retail sector as a whole is set to forecast by 4% in the region by 2017.

East of England – There is an estimated 9,587 jobs in the industry, which is a fall of 7% since 1998. The East of England accounts for 11% of all employment within the industry. The automotive retail sector as a whole is set to increase by 4% in the region by 2017.

London – There is an estimated 8,634 jobs in the industry, which is a fall of 22% since 1998. London accounts for 10% of all employment within the industry. The automotive retail sector as a whole is forecast to decline by 14% in the region by 2017.

North East – There is an estimated 3,676 jobs in the industry, which is a rise of 38% since 1998. The North East accounts for 4% of all employment within the industry. The automotive retail sector as a whole is forecast to decline by 11% in the region by 2017.

North West – There is an estimated 10,077 jobs in the industry, which is an increase of 2% since 1998. The region accounts for 12% of all employment within the industry. The automotive retail sector as a whole is forecast to decline by 4% in the region by 2017.

South East – There is an estimated 15,001 jobs in the industry, which is a fall of 2% since 1998. The South East accounts for 17% of all employment within the industry. The automotive retail sector as a whole is set to increase by 17% in the region by 2017.

South West – There is an estimated 9,201 jobs in the industry, which is an increase of 28% since 1998. The region accounts for 11% of all employment within the industry. The automotive retail sector as a whole is forecast to decline by 16% in the region by 2017.

West Midlands – There is an estimated 13,764 jobs in the industry, which is a fall of 9% since 1998. The region accounts for 16% of all employment within the industry. The automotive retail sector as a whole is forecast to increase by only 1% in the region by 2017.

Yorkshire and the Humber – There is an estimated 8,477 jobs in the industry, which is a rise of 9% since 1998. The region accounts for 10% of all employment within the industry. The automotive retail sector as a whole is forecast to increase by 15% in the region by 2017.

Scotland – There is an estimated 7,678 jobs in the industry, which is an increase of 43% since 1998. Scotland accounts for 8% of all employment within the industry. The automotive retail sector as a whole is forecast to increase by 1% by 2017.

Wales – There is an estimated 4,216 jobs in the industry, which is a rise of 15% since 1998. Wales accounts for 4% of all employment within the industry. The automotive retail sector as a whole is forecast to decline by 2% by 2017.

Source: IMI Automotive AACS LMI report 2010

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Vehicle maintenance and repair

The vehicle maintenance and repair industry covers all forms of maintenance on all types of vehicles. Different types of maintenance and repair include:

  • Routine maintenance and repair – such as regular servicing of cars, lorries, motorcycles, vans, motorsport vehicles, fork lift trucks and the diagnosis and fixing of any faults
  • Accident repair - reinstating of vehicles to original condition following the event of an accident (activities such as panel beating, re-spraying, mechanical electrical trim replacement and auto glazing)
  • Roadside assistance – diagnosis and repair of faults of vehicles at the roadside
  • Body building – the design, build and fitting of bespoke body work for commercial vehicle chasses, such as fire engines, horse boxes and vans
  • Fast fit operations (tyres, exhausts, batteries etc) – such as fitting of tyres, exhausts, brakes and suspension systems normally done whilst the customer waits

Key statistics:

  • There is an estimated 193,789 working in the industry, in an estimated 37,985 business units.
  • The number of vehicle maintenance and repair businesses has increased by 48% over the last decade.
  • The number of jobs in the industry has grown since 1998.
  • For technical roles in maintenance and repair, typical salaries range from: a trainee starting salary between £5,500 - £7,000; and a fully qualified master technician between £26,000 - £30,000.

The vehicle maintenance and repair industry has seen considerable jobs growth (11%) between 2007 and 2008. In 2008, the industry accounted for 193,789 jobs. In 1998, the industry contributed 29% of all sector jobs, rising to 38% of all jobs in 2008. Employment in the industry is forecast to decrease to 177,397 by 2017.

Because of the advanced technology, different types of repair and huge variety of vehicles on the road, the different skill sets and qualifications needed are vast. There is also a need for people who work in maintenance and repair to make sure their knowledge is up-to-date.

Skill shortages are most likely to occur where employers are recruiting people into skilled trades and professional occupations. The key skilled trades sought by employers are: vehicle technicians, vehicle body builders and repairers, auto electricians and vehicle spray painters.

East Midlands – There is an estimated 15,297 jobs in the industry, which is an increase of 39% since 1998. The East Midlands accounts for 9% of all employment within the vehicle maintenance and repair industry. The automotive retail sector as a whole is set to decline by 4% in the region by 2017.

East of England – There is an estimated 20,709 jobs in the industry, which is a rise of 32% since 1998. The East accounts for 12% of all employment within the industry. The automotive retail sector as a whole is set to increase by 4% in the region by 2017.

London – There is an estimated 15,641 jobs in the industry, which is a fall of 9% since 1998. London accounts for 9% of all employment within the vehicle maintenance and repair industry. The automotive retail sector as a whole is forecast to decline by 14% in the region by 2017.

North East – There is an estimated 7,868 jobs in the industry, which is a rise of 53% since 1998. The North East accounts for 5% of all employment within the vehicle maintenance and repair industry. The automotive retail sector as a whole is forecast to decline by 11% in the region by 2017.

North West – There is an estimated 20,036 jobs in the industry. The region accounts for 12% of all employment within the vehicle maintenance and repair industry. The automotive retail sector as a whole is forecast to decline by 4% in the region by 2017.

South East – There is an estimated 31,349 jobs in the industry. The South East accounts for 19% of all employment within the vehicle maintenance and repair industry. The automotive retail sector as a whole is set to increase by 17% in the region by 2017.

South West – There is an estimated 18,911 jobs in the industry, which is a significant increase of 30% since 1998. The region accounts for 11% of all employment within the vehicle maintenance and repair industry. The automotive retail sector as a whole is forecast to decline by 16% in the region by 2017.

West Midlands – There is an estimated 18,745 jobs in the industry, which is an increase of 26% since 1998. The region accounts for 11% of all employment within the industry. The automotive retail sector as a whole is forecast to increase by only 1% in the region by 2017.

Yorkshire and the Humber – There is an estimated 19,110 jobs in the industry, which is an increase of 52% since 1998. The region accounts for 11% of all employment within the industry. The automotive retail sector as a whole is forecast to increase by 15% in the region by 2017.

Scotland – There is an estimated 13,646 jobs in the industry, which is a fall of 31% since 1998. Scotland accounts for 9% of all employment within the vehicle maintenance and repair industry. The automotive retail sector as a whole is forecast to increase by 1% by 2017.

Wales – There is an estimated 8,980 jobs in the industry. The automotive retail sector as a whole has seen a growth in employment over the past decade jobs, but it is forecast to decline by 2% by 2017. The sector as a whole accounts for 4% of all national employment within the automotive retail sector.

Source: IMI Automotive AACS LMI report 2010

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Vehicle sales

The vehicle sales industry covers all forms of sales of all types of motor vehicles, including the following activities:

  • Wholesale and retail sale of new cars, light motor vehicles and other new motor vehicles including lorries, trailers and semi-trailers, camping vehicles and off road motor vehicles.
  • Wholesale and retail sale of used cars & light motor vehicles and other used motor vehicles including lorries, trailers and semi-trailers, camping vehicles and off road motor vehicles.
  • Wholesale and retail sale of new and used motor cycles as well as the sale of related parts and accessories.

Key statistics:

  • There are an estimated 188,789 people working in the industry. There are an estimated 25,355 employers in the sale of motor vehicles only.
  • The sales of motor vehicles accounted for 72% of the automotive retail sector’s turnover in 2007.
  • The number of business enterprises dealing with vehicle sales has decreased by 33% over the last decade.
  • Most vehicle sales people ‘tend’ to be over the age of 21 years due to insurance purposes.
  • Typical salaries range from: £9,000 trainee sales person; £25,000 - £35,000 senior sales person; and £35,000 - £50,000 managerial person. Most vehicle sales roles will carry a benefits and commission scheme, but these will vary between employers.

The vehicle sales industry has been hit hard by the economic climate, which has resulted in many sales people being made redundant. The industry has seen negative jobs growth since 1998. The number of jobs has fallen by some 53,000; a 22% decline since 2007. However, the industry retains a large share of jobs in the sector as a whole at 37%. Employment in the industry is forecast to rise to 245,740 by 2017.

Skill shortages are most likely to occur where employers are recruiting people into skilled trades and professional occupations. However, for the vehicle sales industry there are no specific shortages.

East Midlands – There is an estimated 15,547 jobs in the industry. The East Midlands accounts for 9% of all employment within the vehicle sales industry. The automotive retail sector as a whole is set to decline by 4% in the region by 2017.

East of England – There is an estimated 21,884 jobs in the industry. The East of England accounts for 13% of all employment within the industry. The automotive retail sector as a whole is set to increase by 4% in the region by 2017.

London – There is an estimated 13,077 jobs in the industry, which is a fall of 41% since 1998. London accounts for 8% of all employment within the vehicle sales industry. The automotive retail sector as a whole is forecast to decline by 14% in the region by 2017.

North East – There is an estimated 7,836 jobs in the industry, which is a fall of 21% since 1998. The North East accounts for 5% of all employment within the industry. The automotive retail sector as a whole is forecast to decline by 11% in the region by 2017.

North West – There is an estimated 22,164 jobs in the industry, which is a fall of 21% since 1998. The region accounts for 13% of all employment within the vehicle sales industry. The automotive retail sector as a whole is forecast to decline by 4% in the region by 2017.

South East – There is an estimated 32,093 jobs in the industry, which is a fall of 26% since 1998. The South East accounts for 19% of all employment within the vehicle sales industry. The automotive retail sector as a whole is set to increase by 17% in the region by 2017.

South West – There is an estimated 19,692 jobs in the industry, which is a decline of 15% since 1998. The region accounts for 12% of all employment within the industry. The automotive retail sector as a whole is forecast to decline by 16% in the region by 2017.

West Midlands – There is an estimated 18,032 jobs in the industry, which is a fall of 22% since 1998. The region accounts for 11% of all employment within the industry. The automotive retail sector as a whole is forecast to increase by only 1% in the region by 2017.

Yorkshire and the Humber – There is an estimated 15,353 jobs in the industry, which is a fall of 33% since 1998. The region accounts for 9% of all employment within the industry. The automotive retail sector as a whole is forecast to increase by 15% in the region by 2017.

Scotland – There is an estimated 14,122 jobs in the industry, which is a decline of 30% since 1998. Scotland accounts for 7% of all employment within the vehicle sales industry. The automotive retail sector as a whole is forecast to increase by 1% by 2017.

Wales – There is an estimated 8,989 jobs in the industry, which is a fall of 8% since 1998. Wales accounts for 5% of all employment within the industry. The automotive retail sector as a whole is forecast to decline by 2% by 2017.

Source: IMI Automotive AACS LMI report 2010

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