Automotive Engineers with computer skills are widely in demand. Recruiters from Germany, Italy, France, and the UK are scouring universities and competitors.
Financial rewards are good. Ford's Visteon subsidiary is paying more than $40,000 a year for graduates at the start of their careers.
Intense competitive pressure has created the demand for people who can work better, harder, faster.
Rover's Nick Stephenson has just asked 4,500 engineers and designers to give the company an extra two hours of unpaid work a week.
A lot of people work this way. But maybe that's why young people don't much want the jobs.