Monday, June 24, 2024


The automotive sector has been named the most attractive industry in which to work, and BMW – which, as well as its car sales network has over 38 motorcycle dealerships – has been named best UK employer, beating Rolls Royce and John Lewis to the top spot.

A survey by specialist recruiter Randstad UK of over 9215 Brits, found that the Automotive sector was the most popular industry – closely followed by the Pharma & Life Science and Professional Services industries. The least attractive sectors were named as Business Services, Utilities & Energy, and Transport & Logistics.

The Automotive sector has never been more popular as an employer.  In 2011, of respondents who know one or more companies operating in the sector, just 36 per cent of those interviewed said the Automotive sector was as attractive industry to work in.  By 2012, that had risen to 40 per cent.  It dropped slightly in 2013 (39 per cent) before soaring to 50 per cent this year.

Owen Goodhead, managing director of engineering recruiter Randstad CPE said: “Britain’s automotive sector has a lot to thank Top Gear for.  The last episode of the 20th series – ‘Britain is Great’ – was, effectively, a love-letter to the industry. The automotive sector is now reaping a Top Gear dividend.”

Clarkson, Hammond, and May might not be pleased with the ultimate result of this year’s Randstad Award, however.  Despite their patriotic efforts last summer, German automotive giant BMW, which employs about 18,000 people in the UK, was named the country’s most attractive large employer.  Rolls Royce plc came second and John Lewis third.



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