HIRING: Automotive and auto part companies in Mexico have resumed hiring of personnel five months after the coronavirus lockdown force them to shut down temporarily. Currently, 40 percent of companies in the auto sector have reignited their recruitment processes, according to a survey done by Catch Consulting.
EMPLOYMENT: The number of persons employed in Mexico’s transportation equipment manufacturing industry (of which the auto sector is the largest) was 960,000 in June, according to Mexico’s statistics agency (INEGI). The number in March was 1.02 million.
REQUESTS: “What we did was hire more staff to cover vulnerable (workers positions) but then there started to be more production requests. That’s what prompted us to hire 200 (additional workers)”, sai, Adriana Carrasco, human resources manager at Volkswagen Mexico.
LAYOFFS: Contrary to other industries, the Mexican auto sector prevented massive layoffs during the forced lockdown in April and May by negotiating with unions which included temporary wage cuts. Mexico is among the top auto producers in the world with 3.7 million produced in 2019.