Electric vehicle surge is driving new demand for automotive jobs
If you’re looking to change jobs, now may be the time as India’s white-collar job market has well and truly lost its Covid blues to red.
In April 2022, job portal Naukri’s JobSpeak index rose 38% year-on-year to 2,863, hovering around an all-time high. A revival at the pre-pandemic level also seems within reach. In the same month, competitor Monster.com recorded the highest level of engagement and job activity on its portal seen in the two years of the pandemic, with its employment index hitting 295. It was 296 in March 2020.
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Looking ahead, digital recruitment platform Taggd’s Decoding Jobs Sectoral Report identifies Internet companies, IT/Tech, Automotive, BFSI and Pharma & Healthcare as the sectors showing hiring intentions the highest in 2022. “Compared to last year, there is definitely a hiring boom. in April-June. We see an increase of almost 70-80% everywhere, with IT/Tech leading the way. But there is going to be a normalization,” says its president and founding member Devashish Sharma. He expects it to slow down to a 50-60% increase in the second quarter, and a further 20-25% decline in October-March 2023, as many big players across industries will use their staff extra for which they have already hired.
Sanjay Shetty, director of recruitment firm Randstad India (professional search and selection and strategic accounts), also picks automotive as a sector to watch, as the shift from fossil fuels to electric vehicles will require specialized engineering skills so far. rare. “[Auto]companies are re-engineering their entire production lines and you need people with that kind of background and background, such as GIS mapping skills.” Tata Motors Chairman and CHRO Ravindra Kumar GP says the industry is also looking for designers. “From the vehicle itself, to interiors, to the touchscreen interface that is coming to cars, this is a great opportunity for designers to enter the automotive world today.”
The push for electric mobility and connected vehicles along with the emerging use cases of technology, electrical and electronics, and design are transforming the country’s automotive industry into a wealth of opportunities.
“A fully-fledged self-driving car like Google’s can take a few years to arrive in India. So, we have adapted the overall concept of ACES (Autonomous, Connected, Electric and Shared Vehicles) to our market. We call it CESS (connected, electric, shared and safe vehicles),” says Ravindra Kumar GP, CHRO, Tata Motors, which focuses on both connected vehicles in ICEs and electric vehicles, which is why ADAS becomes crucial, adds- he.
The Advanced Driver Assistance System is a collection of safety-enhancing technologies for automatic braking, lane departure warnings, collision avoidance and adaptive cruise control, which are powered by AI & ML, among others .
“The majority of hires for white collar technical roles would be in the areas of AI, ML, telematics and electric vehicles. So it will be mostly vehicle engineering roles, telematics engineers , analysts and supply chain and logistics experts,” said Yeshwinder Patial, HR Director of MG Motor India.
The automaker has planned 600 to 700 additions in white-collar and blue-collar roles to its 2,000 employees by the end of this year. “Additional reinforcements are also needed for sales managers as we sell more and also in the after-sales service engineering team,” says Patial, adding that there is a definite shortage of these skills.
Kumar adds to the list automotive electrical and electronics, ADAS, battery and battery management systems, manufacturing automation, especially because of electric vehicles, in-vehicle software like those in high demand and not readily available. A certain amount of hiring may be done in adjacent industries, particularly for telematics and connectivity, but the Tata Group company is investing in its existing workforce. “Skills shifting from mechanical to electrical labor – that’s where our efforts are underway.”