Positive outlook for the Midlands

The summer is always a quieter period in the automotive world with most plants on shutdown for the majority of this period. This quarter we’ve seen the emergence of some very positive news:
  • The UK car industry continues to buck the trend with manufacturing up 20% in July
  • Our European counterparts are struggling (Peugeot announced recently a site closure and 8,000 redundancies), but this year alone Britain sold more cars abroad than it has imported for the first time since 1976
  • Jaguar Land Rover has announced it is creating another 1,000 jobs at its site in Halewood in Merseyside
Sue Boulton, HR director at Tallent says, “It’s fantastic to see the industry is buoyant again.”
The success of JLR and their continuous recruitment has had an immense effect on Midlands based manufacturers. JLR are aggressively targeting programme managers, manufacturing managers, project managers and engineers from the market, with many businesses fighting to retain their best people.
This, coupled with the market being light on quality and experienced professionals actively seeking work, means that a targeted recruitment approach is essential. We work closely with the Michael Page Engineering & Manufacturing division to ensure that we provide manufacturers across the Midlands with the complete armoury of professionals they need, from engineers to commercial directors. We’re currently recruiting for a number of key account managers and business development roles.

The expansion of Tallent Automotive

Business is booming at Tallent Automotive, which is creating 50 jobs after landing several high-profile contracts.

The Cannock firm has won work on the numerous replacements of Toyota models and chassis design and numerous models with BMW. New roles have arisen for production workers to help cope with increased demand, with a promise of further jobs when the scale of work for BMW becomes clearer.
The components business already employs around 1,000 staff at its site but its shop floor also features around 170 robots helping staff create and weld bespoke parts. Its big-name clients include Honda, Nissan, Toyota and Jaguar Land Rover, with the business providing parts and components for numerous models across all platforms.
Working in partnership with Tallent we have provided a range of quality candidates to support their impressive growth, including: commercial manager, graduate sales engineer and global account manager.
Sue Boulton, HR director at Tallent says, “Finding a strong recruitment partner is always a challenge, however working with Carla Jones at Michael Page Sales has ensured that all our sales and commercial roles are filled quickly and painlessly with a professional service.”