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'Slowdown in auto sector hiring by 2022, new skills needed for 65% of jobs'

The findings are part of the 'Future of jobs in India: A 2022 perspective' report by Ficci-Nasscom and EY

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The hiring rate in the Indian automobile is likely to slow down to 2-2.5 per cent year-on-year against the historical 3 to 3.5 per cent growth due to the advent of new technologies and increased automation, according to a study. According to 'Future of jobs in India: A 2022 perspective' by Ficci-and EY, the emergence of new generation technologies is demanding a new set of skills from the auto workforce. The report said employment in the automotive sector is likely to reach 14.3 million in 2022 and 60-65 per cent of the jobs would require new skill sets. The sector provided direct employment to 12.8 million people as on FY 2017, it added. "The automotive sector would continue to hire at a rate of 2 per cent to 2.5 per cent year-on-year against a historical growth rate of 3 per cent to 3.5 per cent to reach 14.3 million in 2022," the report said. The auto has been one of the top robot-buying industries for years, and this trend is expected to continue, it said. Robots have enabled almost 70 to 100 per cent in weld shops, press shops, cast shops and paint shops and are further penetrating into assembly operations to enable a higher degree of and lower costs for the manufacturer. "With robotics being increasingly adopted in the sector, repetitive jobs roles such as painting and welding are being threatened.

At the same time, job roles in robotics programming and maintenance will be more in demand," it said. EY Partner - People and Organisation Advisory Services, Anurag Malik said, "The Indian automotive is likely to witness an increased demand for skilled labour in the coming years, as the economic environment improves and investments are made as part of the 'Make in India' initiative." "Now, with the advent of new generation technologies, the needs to quickly come together and create collaborative learning ecosystems and develop workforce re-training programs across organisation levels to be future ready for the new job roles," he added. As per the report, India's has made inroads in the domestic automotive At the plant level, at most original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) remains at 30 per cent while in the body shop it is beyond 95 per cent. "Auto are increasingly deploying smart robots with capabilities that are able to adapt, communicate and interact with each other and with humans," it said. In the next five years, due to the introduction of connected cars, big data, and cloud computing, new skill sets will be required in design, operation as well as other elements of the auto value chain, the report highlighted. "Some of the potential new job roles in the automotive sector include automobile analytics engineer, 3D printing technician, machine learning-based vehicle cybersecurity expert and sustainability integration expert," it added.

First Published: Sun, December 31 2017. 13:29 IST