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Driving Forwards

The automotive industry in Central Europe is entering an exciting phase of investment and growth, with billions being invested in the industry and 300,000 new jobs expected to be created over the next ten years. Countries that were previously considered small players in the market, such as Slovakia and Hungary, are now investing in automotive research and development as well as innovative new technology, including the development of a flying car. Countries with a long history in automotive, such as Germany and the Czech Republic, are also continuing to invest heavily in the industry.

To share more insight about the automotive industry in Central Europe and the job opportunities available, Recruitment Consultant, Veronika Pickford, answers 4 key questions:

What’s so great about automotive in Central Europe now?

In recent years, Central Europe has grown into one of the leading automotive manufacturing regions in the world. Internationally recognised car manufacturers such as Volkswagen, Peugeot/Citroen, Kia and most recently Jaguar Land Rover are choosing to locate large arms of their manufacture operations in these countries, with component suppliers following suit. Alongside this, educational institutions such as Slovak Technical University in Bratislava are researching and developing new vehicle technologies including biomass fuels and gearing optimisation in hybrid drive vehicles. If you work in the automotive industry, Central Europe really is a great place to be right now.

How do you see the automotive industry in Central Europe progressing in the next 5-10 years?

The automotive supply chain is predicted to grow significantly in the next ten years and major developments in automotive technology, such as electric vehicles, connected cars, autonomous driving and flying cars, are already underway. This means that opportunity is rife for engineers at all levels with 300,000 additional jobs predicted to be needed in the region over the next 10 years. It really is an exciting time for the industry and we’re excited to be one of the only automotive engineering recruitment specialists recruiting into the region.

What jobs is Matchtech recruiting for?

We are recruiting for a number of permanent and contract positions across the full product lifecycle including development, manufacturing, quality and product management. We’re currently looking for experienced Project Officers and Managers as well as an array of propulsion, continuous improvement, quality, advanced manufacturing and product lead engineers. In Germany in particular, there are a range of electronics, software and systems jobs available as part of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) projects.

We speak to candidates in a range of locations so whether you’re originally from this region and are looking to move back home, or are simply willing to relocate to this part of the world, we can help find the right job for you.

What are the benefits of living and working in Central Europe?

Aside from being a truly beautiful region that boasts scorching summers and snowy winters – ideal for hobbies such as skiing and mountaineering - Central Europe can offer real career opportunities with competitive salaries and a low cost of living. As there is an acute shortage of experienced engineering professionals in the region, you can also expect faster pace career progression.

All this combined with fantastic travel links to the rest of Europe make Central Europe an area which can offer a fantastic quality of life.

To find out more about automotive jobs in central Europe, including guidance on relocating, call Veronika on +44 1489 898221 or by email To view our current vacancies, check out the Automotive jobs in Central Europe page.

Veronika Pickford is a specialist recruitment consultant with extensive experience in matching up talented engineers with employers within the automotive sector in Central Europe. Her focus is in finding engineering professionals jobs with automotive businesses in Slovakia, Germany, Hungary and the Czech Republic, ensuring that their experience and personality is a perfect match for the company they are placed into. She has extensive industry knowledge, and prides herself on the ability to apply this to recruitment in order to give effective advice to both candidates and clients.

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