Auto sector slowdown puts one million contractual jobs at risk
- The drop in automobile sales will cost India nearly a million jobs.
- The auto sector employs roughly 5 million workers in India, including 3.5 million contractual roles.
- The auto sector saw a 17% drop in passenger vehicles sale in April.
- Employers hire contractual staff at the time of growth while nearly 20% jobs are lost during production cuts.
This accounts for nearly 10%-15% layoffs per company. What’s worse is that the industry pegs this number much higher, owing to its tepid sales.
The passenger vehicle sales in India saw a dip in April at 17% — the lowest in the last eight years, shows the data by Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM). This unprecedented decline has impacted both contractual and permanent employees.
The auto sector employs roughly 5 million workers in India — including 3.5 million employed contractually.
The sector employs a high percentage of contractual workers due to vagaries in production and demand in the sector. Employers hire contractual staff at the time of growth while nearly 20% jobs are lost during production cuts, explained Vinnie Mehta, director general, ACMA.
“The industry needs urgent government intervention. There is an immediate need to stimulate vehicle demand and also sustain it post BS-VI implementation, as vehicles will become significantly expensive thereafter,” Ram Venkataramani, President, ACMA told BusinessLine.
“Whenever there is production cut of 20% by OEMs then there is job losses across the value chain of component manufacturers," he added.
The exports in the sector also dropped to 17% during the last fiscal, which accounts to roughly ₹1 trillion. The industry exports nearly 26% of its components and products.
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