The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has published the final Report from its Diversity Task Force.
“The Task Force set out to understand how the sector can be more attractive to work in for all individuals”, explained project leader, IMI President Professor Jim Saker. “We wanted to understand what groups are under-represented and what the experience is like if you are not part of the majority so that we can bring the issue of diversity and inclusion to the top of the agenda for automotive businesses. What has been particularly striking is that the lack of diversity – which unfortunately is already poor in our sector – becomes even more pronounced the higher up the pay-grade. Without diverse role models the sector will struggle to attract the talent that we urgently need as we face the biggest skills shortage for more than 20 years.
New analysis from the IMI has found that automotive vacancies are at their highest level for 20 years – at more than 23,000 – accounting for approximately four percent of the workforce. The IMI’s report says that ‘a more diverse workforce is critical to turn the tide’ and the lack of role models is a ‘fundamental barrier’ to achieving that goal.