Employment in the Automotive Industry Remains Very Strong in China

Automotive manufacturing in China is increasing from Q1 2013 with demand expected to increase. There are several high profile Joint venture plants that have opened quite recently on the OEM side as well as in Tier 1 supply companies. From a recruitment perspective, this is leading to increased demands for sales and technical professionals, with a particular focus on cost control and quality. Companies that previously were focusing purely on satisfying demand are no longer preferred partners for large OEMs who are more focused on dealing with the slight dip in GDP across 2012 by saving money. Candidates with a strong track record in Quality Management, or supply quality, are seen as an excellent way to cut costs while maintaining the high quality that MNC automotive companies are known for.

Companies that previously were focusing purely on satisfying demand are no longer preferred partners for large OEMs

Another interesting trend is the gradual shift and “localization” of senior management positions: vast amounts of expat contracts are coming to an end, with MNC companies looking to replace these returnees with local talent. This trend will increase over the next couple of years with the vast majority of international firms implementing their repatriation programs. Top quality senior local professionals with a stable MNC track record are seen as the ideal candidates to replace these trusted professionals in 2013.

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