The Driving Auto Forwards report recently released by the Institute of the Motor Industry states that the motor industry is experiencing a 21-year high for vacancies. The report suggests that several factors are contributing, including:
– An aging workforce and retirements are increasing the talent gap.
– Technicians’ dissatisfaction with low wages and undervalued skills leading to attrition.
– Post-COVID job-hopping trend intensifying competition for transferable skills.
– Dwindling influx of fresh talent especially among the younger generation.
Let’s take a look at how a Car Benefit Solution (CBS) car scheme could help your business tackle these recruitment and retention challenges.
Retirement and recruitment
As the automotive workforce is aging and a large proportion are reaching retirement age, your business could be facing a large recruitment bill to fill the vacant roles.
By attracting the right talent, the monetary investment in recruitment and training is more likely to pay off. Offering the best overall package for potential candidates, that goes beyond just salary, can make you a favourable employer over your competitors.
Being able to provide a car benefit is a sought-after perk. Make it flexible by offering Electric Vehicles (EVs) too, starting your transition to electric and giving your employees an affordable way to drive an EV.
Skilled technicians are very much aware of their value and continue to seek new job opportunities, so at the moment, they’ve got the upper hand. The Motor Ombudsman’s latest survey of independent garages and franchise dealer workshops states 54% of businesses are prioritising investment in recruitment in 2024 to tackle staff shortages and 58% expect recruiting for technicians to be most problematic.
Make your business stand out by offering technicians an employee car benefit with a CBS car scheme. You could even offer a second car for technician roles, meaning they could also have a car for their partner.
If you already have a CBS car scheme in place, why not consider enhancing it with FLEXI? By paying a contribution towards your employees’ repayments for their Employee Car Ownership Scheme vehicle, you’ll keep them happy by lowering their costs.
Stop them making a move somewhere else and save on your own recruitments costs and remember for every car added to a CBS car scheme, it could increase your registrations and take you closer to your target.
Attracting Gen Z
The younger generation don’t appear to be as interested in automotive careers as their predecessors, but do they know all the benefits of a job in the industry? You could offer them an affordable way to drive an EV, a great incentive for a generation focused on sustainability. A CBS car won’t impact their credit score (like a PCP or PCH could do), leaving them free to focus on other life milestones, such as buying their first home. Servicing, MOT and maintenance are all included as standard with a CBS car, making this benefit hassle-free for your Gen Z employees.
A CBS driver recently said: “I’ve been using the CBS scheme for a good number of years now, it’s very convenient. I like the certainty of the monthly payments and there’s no need to put down a deposit upfront.”
Start your journey to electric
As the EV market continues to evolve, we’ll all continue on our own path to going green. When it comes to managing the transition of your company car fleet, it may not be right for your business to go fully electric today due to the financial and operational impacts.
Here at CBS, we offer multiple ways for your employees to enjoy their car benefit, including:
So, wherever you are on your journey, we have solution for you, which can be made up of one, two or all three of our products, creating a blended car benefit package.
Choose a flexible car benefit provider
Our solutions are designed to suit the needs of every business and every driver. We’ll look at what you do today and what you want to achieve in the future. We’ll help you discover which solution works best for your business and will keep your employees feeling valued and rewarded.
Our flexible and tailored approach can help you to personalise your employee benefits package and keep your staff happy.