Skills shortages and staff retention continue to be problems for the automotive sector, brought about by a diminished apprentice intake, a reduction in the numbers of skilled migrants, and COVID-related business contractions.
Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association Executive Director Stuart Charity says there were skills shortages prior to the pandemic but that the situation has worsened.
"We are facing a skills crisis of unprecedented proportions,” Charity says. “It's not just dealerships – it's the aftermarket industry, it's the collision repair industry, too. There are estimates the shortage is something like 25,000 to 30,000 technicians.” (WhichCar? ‘Automotive trade sector facing ‘unprecedented’ skill shortage – Calls for Albo to tackle it at Jobs Summit’ (1 August 2022))
There’s no quick solution to the problem, although continuing to pay well above award wages, offering training incentives and supporting initiatives to bring skilled migrants into the country have all been identified as steps needed to address the issue.