Me­chan­ics and MOT testers on the move

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Cm Insider - Dave Tay­lor brings the lat­est news and prod­uct news

▶ As de­mand for highly-skilled, tem­po­rary ve­hi­cle tech­ni­cians gains trac­tion across the UK, a new com­pany is of­fer­ing to place me­chan­ics where they’re needed, when they’re needed. Au­totech Re­cruit has the largest net­work of skilled tem­po­rary me­chan­ics, ve­hi­cle tech­ni­cians and MOT testers in the coun­try, sup­ply­ing ex­per­tise for any­one from small in­de­pen­dent garages to ma­jor global brands such as BMW, Ford, Volvo and Kwik Fit.

As garages and deal­er­ships can face a fi­nan­cial loss of up to £2000 per day through ei­ther empty bays or by turn­ing away ve­hi­cles be­cause they don’t have the man­power to work on them, there is a huge po­ten­tial for tak­ing on tem­po­rary me­chan­ics with­out com­mit­ting to costly over­heads, to of­fer cover due to ill­ness, hol­i­days or sim­ply an un­ex­pected in­crease in work. There is also the prob­lem that, as ve­hi­cles be­come in­creas­ingly re­liant on so­phis­ti­cated elec­tron­ics, the skills gap is widen­ing and busi­nesses have been left strug­gling to keep up.

Au­totech Re­cruit has wit­nessed an in­crease in de­mand for tem­po­rary cover over the last 12 months. “De­mand for tem­po­rary tech­ni­cians is grow­ing at an un­prece­dented rate,” says man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Gavin White. “The skill set re­quired to­day to ser­vice ve­hi­cles has be­come in­creas­ingly com­plex, and de­mand placed on garages is high. Cou­ple this with hol­i­days and sick days, and tak­ing on a tem­po­rary tech­ni­cian is quickly be­com­ing the so­lu­tion to keep a garage run­ning ef­fi­ciently.”

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, al­most half of the en­tire work­ing pop­u­la­tion of the UK will be free­lance by 2020. While orig­i­nally the main­stay of me­dia, mar­ket­ing and IT ex­ecs, the self-em­ployed route is creep­ing into other sec­tors, in­clud­ing the mo­tor in­dus­try. Con­se­quently, there is a grow­ing pool of me­chan­ics and ve­hi­cle tech­ni­cians be­com­ing ‘temps’ as they re­alise the op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able to or­gan­ise work in a way that suits their tem­per­a­ment and lifestyle.

Pete Owens, a qual­i­fied me­chanic and MOT tester from Swansea, took the free­lance route three years ago and joined Au­totech Re­cruit in a bid to in­crease his earn­ing po­ten­tial and achieve a bet­ter work/life bal­ance. “I was ini­tially daunted by the prospect,” Pete ad­mits. “How­ever, af­ter be­com­ing dis­il­lu­sioned as a per­ma­nent worker, I wanted to es­cape the garage pol­i­tics and take my ca­reer in a new di­rec­tion, and I haven’t looked back. I’m al­ways in work and I’m rarely in the same place twice.”

Con­tact Au­totech Re­cruit at hello@au­totechre­ or call 01234 240503 for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

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