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John Yoswick

John YoswickJohn Yoswick is a freelance automotive writer based in Portland, Oregon, who has been writing about the collision industry since 1988. He is the editor of the weekly CRASH Network (for a free 4-week trial subscription, visit www.CrashNetwork.com).


He can be contacted at john@crashnetwork.com 

Tuesday, 05 October 2021 14:44

Survey Data Focuses on Auto Body Shop Employee Recruiting Methods

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A national survey of auto body shops earlier this year found just over half said they currently had a job opening for at least one body technician. A national survey of auto body shops earlier this year found just over half said they currently had a job opening for at least one body technician.

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...detailers, needed by 22% of shops, and front office estimators and painter’s helpers, both positions cited by 19% of shops. Lowest in demand in terms of production positions was a structural or frame technician, currently needed by just 11% of shops.

 

About 12% of shops said they had paid a hiring bonus to a new technician within the past 12 months. More than half of those bonuses were less than $2,000, but a quarter of them (26%) were $3,000 or more.

 

Perhaps making the market even more competitive for auto body shops looking to find an experienced technician are job openings outside of shops---such as with remote diagnostic and calibration companies---that require a body technician’s skill set but don’t involve actual body work. Those jobs didn’t even exist 15 years ago.

 

The data comes from two “Who Pays for What?" surveys from this year. The latest of the quarterly surveys, conducted by Collision Advice and CRASH Network, is taking place through the month of October. Shops can click here to take the survey.

 

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