Automotive Software Engineer Recruitment Agency

We’re a recruitment agency working in the electronics and embedded systems industry that specialise in hiring for automotive software engineer jobs in the UK.

From embedded systems developers to automotive engineers, we source candidates for all kinds of automotive software companies ranging from start-ups to global organisations.

Our Expertise as Automotive Recruiters

Increasing numbers of automotive manufacturers are now relying on software engineers to design embedded systems for smarter and more efficient vehicles. As the electrification revolution approaches and smart technology becomes the norm, software engineers will become an increasingly important part of most automotive design and development businesses.

As permanent and contract automotive recruiters working in the embedded systems sector, KO2 are the best choice for employers looking for automotive software engineering candidates. We take the time to build meaningful, long-term relationships with our clients to fully understand their role requirements, ensuring that the candidates we source will always be the right fit.

KO2 has 25 years of experience working with embedded software engineers and has recruited for a range of permanent and contract automotive jobs within the automotive industry during this time. As an automotive recruiter for contract and permanent, hybrid or remote jobs, we can help our clients to find candidates for roles at every stage of vehicle software development, helping to provide a full recruitment solution.


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Why we’re the
right partner

Automotive manufacturers and designers are increasingly looking to recruit embedded software engineers with experience and knowledge of coding in languages such as C, C++ or Python. We specialise in finding candidates for automotive software jobs with this kind of programming experience and understanding the nuanced requirements of hiring with these skills in mind.

As well as this relevant embedded programming language competency, our automotive software engineer jobs usually require Bare Metal, RTOS, Linux or Windows experience. Our exclusive work in the electronics and embedded systems industry has given us plenty of experience finding software developers comfortable with a range of operating systems, as well as helping us to understand the specific challenges and benefits of each of these systems.

As well as designing and writing the code for new automotive embedded software, automotive software engineers will also have to refine and personalise their code for certain vehicles to allow for more tailored solutions and greater efficiency. We’re familiar with sourcing candidates with all the relevant experience at various stages of a software development project, assisting with design, testing, refinement and installation.

Don’t take our word for it

“We’ve used KO2 for our technical recruitment for a few years now. They have become our default agency as they understand our technical requirements and have supplied us excellent staff over the years. Thoroughly recommended.”

Martin Williams, Engineering Director

Skills we recruit for

We cover every niche skill that an electronics embedded system business needs in the automotive software development sector.

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Automotive Software Engineer Recruiter UK – FAQs

What are the top cities with open Automotive Software jobs?

Research from BoldData has found that London has an 11% market share in the automotive industry, followed by Manchester with a 4.4% share and Kent with a 3% share. Therefore, these are some of the cities in the UK with the most automotive software engineer jobs, as they have the highest concentration of automotive companies.

Which industry do Automotive Software Engineers belong to?

Automotive software engineers belong to the automotive engineering industry. This sector focuses on the design and manufacture of automotive vehicles, and software engineers in this industry design programs and software that help these vehicles to function.

What is the average salary of a contract automotive software engineer? 

According to data from Glassdoor, the average annual salary for a general automotive software engineer is £48,793 in the UK. The average annual salary for a contract software engineer is £48,800 per year, so you can expect to earn slightly more than those in permanent roles when you’re an automotive software engineer contractor. 

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