Hundreds of new jobs coming to JCB to deal with demand prediction
More than 400 new jobs are to created thanks to a predicted surge in production at JCB. Rocester-based JCB is recruiting more than 400 additional UK shop floor employees as the company gears up for a surge in production, it announced today. The market for construction equipment has rebounded sharply after the severe impact of the covid-19 pandemic in spring 2020, which halted production at JCB factories around the world.
Today the company confirmed it was recruiting more than 400 additional agency employees in a variety of jobs including assembly, welding and fork lift truck drivers. In addition, JCB is giving permanent contracts to up to 300 existing agency employees, including welders, fabricators and CNC machinists.
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JCB chief operating officer Mark Turner said: “In March 2020 our orders dramatically disappeared overnight when the covid-19 pandemic took hold and while we were able to protect our shop floor workforce, regrettably many staff positions were impacted. It took more than six months for the business to recover to production levels we last saw in March 2020.
“This year has started strongly and our forecasts predict a continued solid recovery, with strong demand from mainland Europe and North America. “This means we are now in a position to recruit many more shop floor colleagues and offer permanent JCB contracts to a large number of existing agency employees. “After a tumultuous 12 months, this really is good news.”
In the summer, it was revealed that more than 900 jobs have been safeguarded after JCB workers voted in favour of new working arrangements. The digger giant, whose HQ is in Rocester, previously said that another 950 staff were set to be axed after a 50 per cent downturn in orders during the coronavirus pandemic. Those workers are still being laid off.
But JCB later reached the agreement with the GMB Union to save a further 915 hourly-paid shop floor positions across its UK factories.