What is an Automotive Aftermarket Job?

We frequently get asked ‘Would a career in the UK automotive aftermarket allow for long term, abundant and exciting job opportunities?’ and ‘What actually is the automotive or motor vehicle aftermarket?’

We have put together an ‘easy to understand explanation on the automotive aftermarket’ and a quick brief on how the sector is performing…………………

The ‘automotive aftermarket or ‘motor vehicle aftermarket’ encompasses all products and services purchased for light, medium and heavy duty vehicles after the original sale including replacement parts, accessories, lubricants, appearance products, tyres, collision repairs as well as the tools and equipment necessary to make the repair.

In basics the ‘automotive aftermarketis everything that happens to a vehicle after it leaves the new vehicle dealership. 

The automotive industry in the UK already accounts for over 719,000 people employed across manufacturing, retail and aftermarket sectors. (Data from the SMMT 2013)

The ‘automotive aftermarket’ or ‘motor vehicle aftermarket’ is a significant sector of the UK economy and typically generates £4.8bn of added value annually(Data from the SMMT 2013)

The aftermarket advertises a diverse range of job opportunities and current demand for positions is high for the following:  Product Management and Marketing jobs, IT and Analytical roles, Field Sales, Business Development, Export jobs and Programme Management.   These positions are not exhaustive and trends in roles are everchanging.

Albeit most of the jobs listed are positions which are needed in most sectors we find that employers have a preference for industry professionals to allow them to “hit the ground running” with regards to industry knowledge and expertise.

Also a consideration for the aftermarket job hunter is the crossover between the automotive and allied sectors.  The aerospace and engineering industries also have a significant impact within the UK and we frequently have requests from employers for candidates who have backgrounds from either automotive or allied industries.  Therefore allowing for candidates with skills from similar sectors to enjoy a wider range of job opportunities.

If you are looking for jobs within the automotive aftermarket, Motor vehicle Industry, Aerospace, Engineering, Industrial or similar then view our jobs page on www.glencallum.co.uk  or contact us on 01384 485274 or jobs@glencallum.co.uk or download the autojobs app.new jobs app


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