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JCB creating 600 jobs to meet unprecedented demand


Healthy order book means firm needs 200 operatives immediately and a further 400 within 12 weeks

JCB say unprecedented global demand for their equipment will see the creation of 600 new jobs over the next three months – with around 200 available for an immediate start.

A very healthy order book at the Staffordshire-based company means JCB needs more than 200 operatives immediately, including welders, paint sprayers and assemblers. A further 400 staff will be required within 12 weeks.

Worldwide growth in the construction sector has led to record demand for many of the product lines manufactured at JCB’s Rocester, Cheadle, Rugeley and Foston plants.

Chief operating officer Mark Turner said: ‘This is great news for the local economy and great news for anyone seeking to work with a globally successful business.

‘We know the cities of Stoke-on-Trent, Derby and surrounding towns have people with the skills we need, and in return they can expect excellent rewards.

‘We urgently need fabrication welding skills along with paint sprayers and general assemblers who will be given full training.’

Mr Turner continued: ‘The opportunities are initially for agency employees, however we see them as long-term opportunities – in fact, in the first three months of 2018 we have given permanent contracts to 200 agency staff.

‘That means over the past four years we have handed permanent contracts to 850 agency employees. The future is very bright for JCB as global demand for our machines continues to grow, which means great prospects for people who want to work with us.’

The new roles pay a minimum of £10.40 per hour for Monday to Friday working hours, with a premium paid for shift-work opportunities.

In addition to the 600 production line opportunities, JCB have vacancies for more than 100 permanent employees in engineering and other staff professions at their World Headquarters in Rocester and other sites across the UK.

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