Automotive businesses of all kinds - from original equipment manufacturers to car dealerships - must be prepared to adjust to the changes taking place in the industry if they want to succeed.

According to the International Labour Organization, the sector is 'at a turning point and faces an increasingly uncertain future'. Rapid technological progress in design and manufacturing processes, stricter sustainability standards and changing consumer preferences are just a few of the trends that are shaping the industry right now.

If you want to keep up with the pace of change and put your business in a position to benefit from the latest developments in the marketplace, one thing is certain: you need the right people and skills in your workforce, at the right time.

Randstad can help you achieve that goal with our Inhouse Services solution, which is designed to help companies build and manage their contingent workforce.

In this blog, we'll look at some of the key benefits this solution can provide for your business.

targeting your key roles

A fundamental goal of any company's recruitment strategy should be to find capable, reliable workers to fill roles that are essential to its core business.  

This is particularly important in the automotive industry, where changes in technology, regulatory demands, customer expectations and other factors are putting more pressure on businesses to acquire the skills needed to stay relevant and successful. In a study by McKinsey, less than a third of automotive supply companies felt confident they had the right workforce capabilities to respond to current trends.

Respondents acknowledged that having the right talent is just as important as business capital for them to respond to disruptive industry developments. However, they also highlighted common difficulties in key areas such as:

  • Finding and attracting qualified candidates
  • Raising awareness of their company
  • Providing exciting career development pathways
  • Retaining talent in the face of competition from other automotive and non-automotive (primarily tech) companies

One of the core principles of Randstad Inhouse Services is to work side-by-side with your business to understand your organization and your key needs, pain points and priorities. We provide a dedicated consultant who is based on-site at your location and can provide support with processes such as recruitment and onboarding. This is a fully customizable solution, so you decide how much involvement your consultant has.

Based on the strong foundation of understanding we build by working closely with you, combined with the latest labor market data and insights, we can help you identify the key areas where you need to focus on talent acquisition, retention and development.

Our experience in the automotive industry means we're uniquely positioned to help you fill roles such as:

  • Maintenance technicians
  • Assembly workers
  • Production supervisors
  • Safety managers
  • Quality control specialists
  • Process engineers

Through our combination of recruitment expertise, local market knowledge and advertising know-how, we make it easier for you to find qualified candidates for crucial positions like these. Your internal team can then focus on the core priorities and strategic goals that matter most to your business right now.

To learn more about how our Inhouse Services offering has helped clients in the automotive sector, take a look at a recent case study of an international equipment manufacturer that was struggling to fill direct-hire roles.

efficient shift planning

Smooth and effective shift planning is essential if you want to be sure you have the right staff and skills available when you need them most, without overhiring or wasting money on overtime costs.

This becomes particularly important at times when you're facing financial challenges and efficiency needs to be a top priority, which is the case for many automotive businesses today. According to research by IHS Markit, full-year light vehicle sales in 2020 were 15% down on the levels seen in 2019, but these numbers are expected to improve in 2021.

Companies in the industry therefore need to be resilient enough to get through times of adversity, while also being prepared to seize new opportunities when they arise.

We support our clients' shift planning with our dedicated workforce scheduling tool, Relevate, which is designed to give you instant access to staff who are readily available for shift work. All employees listed on the platform are pre-vetted and approved, so you can feel confident in the capabilities of everyone you bring on board.

Relevate is an automated system, which helps to ensure that each stage of the process - from shifts being posted to the target number of workers being reached and the job closing - happens as quickly and efficiently as possible. 

flexibility

If your business often has to deal with unpredictable changes in customer demand and fluctuations in your production cycle, flexibility needs to be a priority.

Our Inhouse Services solution is focused on helping our clients build a contingent workforce - an approach that many businesses use to ensure they can secure essential workforce capacity and skills to meet production fluctuations.

Some of the key advantages you can expect to gain through contingent hiring include:

  • Reduced labor spend
  • A more agile and adaptable workforce
  • Meeting time-sensitive and project-specific requirements
  • Satisfying seasonable and variable customer demand
  • Acquiring skills lacking in the permanent workforce

We can work closely with you to optimize your contingent workforce management. By analyzing your current practices and processes - how you onboard temporary staff, for example - we can help you identify opportunities to make improvements. 

strong employee relationships

To achieve lasting success in the fast-moving automotive industry, you need to focus not only on hiring the right people, but on delivering a positive employee experience and building strong workforce relationships. This will aid talent retention, which is just as important as attracting and hiring the right people if you want to position your organization for sustainable success.

A key element of Randstad Inhouse Services is our care program, which focuses on helping you connect with your workers to identify their priorities, concerns and career ambitions. This is achieved through a combination of our consultants' existing expertise and the various insights and knowledge they gain from being based on-site at your business.

We can also help you understand the latest labor market trends and developments in employee expectations, with insights derived from our regular research on specific industries and regions. If you know what your ideal candidates are looking for, you can tailor your job advertising and optimize your employer branding strategy to attract the right people.

Our latest Employer Brand Research findings show that the key values jobseekers associate with the automotive sector are:

  • Financial health
  • COVID-19 safety
  • Strong reputation
  • Job security
  • Career progression opportunities

We can help you stay in tune with what matters most to your existing employees and in-demand workers in your industry, so you can attract top talent and build workforce relationships that stand the test of time.

cost savings

We can work closely with you to analyze your HR processes and identify opportunities to make cost savings. For many businesses in the automotive industry, this will be a crucial benefit at a time when the sales outlook is uncertain and the need to invest in next-generation technologies, production methods and processes is higher than ever.

Clients that use Randstad Inhouse Services typically achieve reductions of at least 2% to 3% in their contingent workforce spend. These savings can be made in various ways, including:

  • Spending less on job board advertising
  • Identifying your biggest sources of inefficiency and how they can be addressed
  • Less time and money spent on manual admin work to find and hire shift workers

When your internal team members don't have to worry about time-consuming daily activities like shift planning and advertising vacancies, they can focus on bigger goals that will save you money in the long run, such as reducing absenteeism and turnover.

To learn more about how our Inhouse Services offering has helped clients in the automotive sector, take a look at a recent case study of an international equipment manufacturer that was struggling to fill direct-hire roles.