Women at the wheel

Recruiting, retaining, and advancing women in the global automotive industry

There is a talent crisis in the global automotive industry, and it’s happening at a time when megatrends like vehicle connectivity, self-driving cars, and shifting consumer preference are creating a complex mobility landscape ripe with opportunities. Developing a competitive advantage in this environment requires talented professionals with diverse perspectives, deep skills, and experience. Women are a critical component of the winning formula, yet female employees represent only a quarter of the sector’s workforce.

The voices of women working in the global automotive industry

What can be done to address this issue?

Automotive News and Deloitte have worked together for a number of years to address the gender gap in the global automotive industry. Through our efforts, we have interviewed and surveyed hundreds of women to explore their views on the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women working in automotive, as well as to understand where opportunities for improvement exist.

The 2018 report represents the voices of women in the automotive industry and serves to inform the dialogue on how we can enhance their representation across the ranks of automotive companies.

Key findings

  • Only 53 percent of women working in automotive sector would choose the industry again if given the chance to start over. This is down dramatically from 71 percent in 2015.
  • The percentage of women in the automotive industry aspiring to senior executive positions has dropped by ten percent since 2015.
  • One quarter of female survey respondents believe the industry’s attitude toward women has stagnated or actually deteriorated over the last five years.

The path forward

The 2018 results suggest the automotive sector could be stagnating or slipping back in efforts to encourage, attract, retain, and develop women. Read the report to explore the full study results and discover how to address this talent issue.

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